Fiction Reading by Shruti Swami ('07)
IMPORTANT EVENTS UPDATE
Until further notice, the campus and ecological preserve are closed to non-essential visitors. The Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Community Gardens, and Vassar Golf Course will remain open as usual, but cordoned off from the rest of the campus. In addition, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center will be open to the public on weekends, with access from an entrance on Raymond Avenue, just off campus.
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Thursday, October 22, 2020Time
Main Building Virtual Room 1
Two-time O. Henry-prize winner Shruti Swamy, '07, reads from her debut collection of stories A House Is a Body (Algonquin Books, 2020). Dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity, and women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality. In "Earthly Pleasures," Radika, a young painter living alone in San Francisco, begins a secret romance with one of India's biggest celebrities. In "A Simple Composition," a husband's moment of crisis leads to his wife's discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy and the sense of a new beginning. In the title story, an exhausted mother watches, distracted and paralyzed, as a California wildfire approaches her home. With a knife blade's edge and precision, the stories of A House Is a Body travel from India to America and back again to reveal the small moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world.
This event is open to the Public.