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Composed of interconnected stories that move within and around a small Catholic community in India, this debut collection heralds the arrival of a graceful, sparkling new voice.
Nine-year-old Marian Almeida covets the green dress her parents have set aside for her birthday, but when her desire gets the best of her, dangerous events ensue. Roddy D'Souza sees his long-dead father bicycling down the street, and wonders if his own life is nearing its close. Essie, having sent her son to boarding school, weighs his unhappiness against the opportunities his education will provide. With empathy and poise, Nalini Jones creates in What You Call Winter a spellbinding work of families in an uncertain world.
“Elegant [and] stylish. . . . Captivating. . . . When you turn that last page, you'll be left wanting more.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Like Chekhov-and this young writer is good enough to merit the comparison-Jones has faith in details. . . . We always sense the organizing intelligence and compassion of an author who invites us to understand rather than to judge.” —The Washington Post Book World
“What You Call Winter is a momentous debut, a bewitching exploration of what it means to belong, anywhere.”
“Luminous. . . . Polished . . . [What You Call Winter] shines light on [the world of Indians].” —Entertainment Weekly