Table Manners

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“These are stories about what home means. Bhattacharya sets a clean table for her characters. They move through their lives with such quiet dignity, yet we can taste their sorrows, their longings, their hopes and dreams.  The women in these stories breathe. Graceful, poignant and beautifully wrought – a masterful debut.”

– Angela Readman, Don’t Try This at Home


“A winning collection. These stories are delicately shaped around sharp and tender moments rendered in rich, vivid prose.”

– Mahesh Rao, One Point Two Billion


These stories are as sharp and hot as a bite of crisp chilli. Slicing into a sequence of hearts with rare precision, they reveal the frailty and beauty contained in contemporary lives. Here is grace in the knowledge of hidden desire; courage in the observation of deadening cultural manners. Susmita Bhattacharya is a writer who shows us ourselves, leaving us with the taste of mango and the unsettling beat of butterfly wings against glass.

– Cathy Galvin, Director and Founder of Word Factory, London 

“These triumphant, sharp eyed humorous stories mark the arrival of an intriguing new voice; tender, poignant and wry.” 

– Irenosen Okojie, Speak Gigantular

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