Fresh Water eMselves to I keep coming back to themotion and the word bittersweet as I feel like it captures the wise compassionate and sometimes funny melancholy that pervades If You See Me Don t Say HiWhile some of the stories did not resonate with me as much I felt that they did not have the depth of the other "stories or their characters relationships did not pull at my as much I would still recommend this collection "or their characters relationships did not pull at my heart much I would still recommend this collection fans of short stories or contemporary fiction French Daguerreotypes especially those interested in LGBT narratives I read that Patel is working on his novel and I amxcited for it as I
felt that I could have read full novels about the characters in my that I could have read full novels about the characters in my stories from this collection Also props to Patel for joining together traditional aspects of Indian Americans lives From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read eg arranged marriage with modern day conventionsg Facebook stalking which I may or may not do often Yay for the representation of ueer people of color I am grateful to Patel for his hard work in refining his craft and sharing his voice If You See Me Don t Say Hi is a collection of From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society eleven fictional short stories about differentxperiences of first generation Indian Americans The stories are written with the goal to subvert the model minority myth and break down stereotypes I am not Indian so I cannot say whether Neel succeeded in his Doris Salcedo endeavour from an own voices point of view I do however find it interesting thatach story contained a character that was Twelve Days of Pleasure either a doctorngineer lawyer or something of the sort and in terms of the model minority myth that aspect seemed to somewhat contradict the purpose of the book The stories xplore a variety of intriguing themes such as identity love betrayal sexuality and mental health with relationships and sex being the central focus in most if not all stories Because of the similar themes in very story by the third one it starts to feel repetitive and mundane Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye especially since infidelity was a consistent theme throughout Ultimately the characters feel one dimensional due to the lack of variety in voices and storylinearcs The stories are almost a retelling of themselves and I found myself uestioning whether the characters were flawed and realistic or justxtremely unlikable and if I m honest I think it is of the latterI wasn t particularly fond of some of the dialogue written for the female characters and felt some descriptions to be tasteless Describing women s body parts like molds of gelatin and pillows of dough just seems like lazy writing and Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France every time I read a description like that I cringed In addition to that there is some racial dialogue that I thought were problematic and further perpetuates certain stereotypes rather than breaking themThe last two stories World Famous and Radha Krishna were the saving grace for this collection They are connected to one another and have a completely different feel to the rest of the collection The writing feels refined and thexploration of people relationships and motions is somewhat nuanced I think if the ntire collection had been written with the same flair it could have potentially been a five star read 15 starsHighly avoidable One dimensional characters in stories that are Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild extremely repetitive inssence and just about Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets everything Themes were intriguing which is the reason I picked this one up but it was a total disaster in terms ofxecution It felt as if the author had merely changed the names and places but the story line or arc was the same What irritated me the most is the casual nature with which the author has talked about some of the most serious issues like depression mental health sexuality and other similar ones that are prevalent Electromyography for Experimentalists even todayThe only saving grace for this collection was the last two linked stories which showed some sign of growth However in thend the story kind of fizzled out although I wouldn t say it was as bad as the others in this collection That s the only reason for the additional 05 sta. Stalking The men and women in these stories are full of passion regret Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 envy anger and yearning They fall in love with the wrong people and betray one another and deal with the accumulation of years of subtle racism They are utterly compelling Ranging across the country Patel’s storiesmpathetic provocative twisting and wryly funny introduce a bold new literary voice one that feels timely than v.
Neel Patel ¿ 5 reviewIF YOU SEE ME DON "T SAY HI bristles with unexpected meetings and reunions recognitions and failed recognitions passions and "SAY HI bristles with unexpected meetings and reunions recognitions and failed recognitions passions and of all kinds These stories have a sharp ye for the complexities of modern life but Neel Patel writes with the wisdom and compassion of an old soul Honestly this review says it about as well as I could me discuss this book Indian American Patel s short story collection is comprised of Runaway Wedding eleven tales of young men and women flailing in their attempts to find meaningful relationships Patel s characters are not afraid to seek friendship or lovers but communication seems inevitably to go sideways resulting in frayed friendships and broken hearts Patel seems to sum it up with a uote taken from God of Destruction Happiness is a currency that when it goes it goes and few people are willing to give you some of theirs All of Patel s characters are Indian Americans living in Illinois but their cultural heritage is not a major component There is an arranged marriage in Hare Rama Hare Krishna and several of the stories have characters feeling their parentsxpectations to achieve Wicked Loving Lies excellent grades be admitted to premier universities and become doctors and there is the occasional story where the characterncounters racist taunts and bullying But for the most part the characters Indian culture is irrelevant Rather they are universal coming of age stories where the protagonists are both sympathetic and yet flawed Enjoy LOVE AND LOSS follow the characters in these leven beautifully written stories They follow various scenarios in the lives of characters of Indian descent maintains their own customer while navigating new lives in the states The title story is so usual the one that stands out and concerns two brothers who once close fall out over a careless comment
one of them makes Their strangement will last ten yearsThe last twoof them makes Their strangement will last ten yearsThe last two are connecting stories about a man and woman once involved and picks up at two different points in their lives To be honest though I njoyed reading them all which doesn t happen very often when reading g shorts The Indian customs culture foods are xplored iin different stories An Indisn online dating service is featured in the firstThe first offering by this author and he is a very smooth writer a natural storyteller The stories flow the prose gorgeous with some wonderful insights Looking forward to from this author and apparently he is now at work on his first novel I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in xchange for an honest review 35 stars overallA well done collection of stories Actually njoyed all of them Not that I wasn t xpecting to but sometimes it is in the back of my mind when I pick up any short story collection Loved taking the time to savor theseNo complaints about this one What I liked most about this book is that it was an Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One easy fast read The book left me lost and confused The details were clear the characters were all sad and strange Depressing but I didn t feel bad for them I almost wanted something horrible to happen to them just so I could see some type humanness Can a book be boring and intriguing at the same time This was a different type of read for me Somewhere between 45 and 5 stars rounding upWith his debut story collection If You See Me Don t Say Hi Neel Patel serves notice that he is a talent to be reckoned with The 11 stories in this collection are packed withmotion and turn people s perceptions and stereotypes of most Indian Americans on their Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) ear Some of the characters in these stories follow traditional paths while others are anything but traditional they re Facebook stalkingxes or creating schemes #to facilitate booty calls But in ach of these stories the characters face moments of truth and often need #facilitate booty calls But in ach of these stories the characters face moments of truth and often need make a split second decision which could have significant ramifications These dilemmas give the stories Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time extra weight and make them compulsively readable I read thisntire In these One Wild Weekend eleven sharp surprising stories Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them His characters almost all of who are first generation Indian Americans subvert ourxpectations that they will sit uietly by We meet two brothers caught in an Forgetful of Their Sex elaborate web ofnvy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he cou. .
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Enjoyed All Of The Storiesall of the stories this collection but my favorite stories included Just a Friend in which a young gay man wants to know the secrets his older married boyfriend has been hiding but doesn t uite xpect what he finds out God of Destruction which
of a woman nchanted the wi fi repairman Hare Rama Hare Krishna which juxtaposes a teenager s navigating his parents marital troubles with his acknowledgment of his own sexuality and all of the good and bad that comes with that and the title story which follows the tumultuous relationship of two brothers from the teenage years through adulthoodThe last two stories in the collection World Famous and Radha Krishna are connected and are the two I loved best The stories follow a young man and a young woman who were thrown together as children but went their separate ways and then reconnected in adulthood only to find that both had been scarred by their lives then they d care to admit These stories were poignant and thought provoking so different than I was F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby expecting and I could have read a novel with these two characters That is the case with some of the other stories tooPatel imbues his stories with humormotion sexuality Walled (The Line, empathyven surprise at times He creates some characters you will root for and feel for and others you might dislike or not uite understand There is a warmth to his writing but he doesn t put his characters on a pedestal he lets you see them the way others see themI thought this was an Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany excellent story collection and definitely heralds Patel as someone I am going to follow in the future I know notveryone is a short story fan but these are stories with some motional heft so they feel worth the investment of your timeNetGalley and Flatiron Books provided me an advance copy of the book in xchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcom or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at 35 starsA great debut short story collection that centers the complex lives of first generation Indian Americans some ueer and some straight Neel Patel an merging voice in literature dispels the model minority myth with these 11 well written stories Though people often make assumptions about Indian Americans g they are rich all they care about is working hard and getting their kids into good schools their families all abide by the same traditions this collection reveals the messier truth that Indian Americans xperience forbidden desires and devastating heartbreak that the forces of racism and classism and homophobia affect their lives and Indian Americans individual wills can clash with their community s aspirations in brutal ways This collection struck me as bittersweet than hopeful though regardless of its final tone the stories convey great perceptiveness and mpathy for the regrets and the choices that make us humanThe strongest stories in this collection stood out due to their deep motional resonance and the layered relationships between characters often influenced by markers such as class and gender My favorites If You See Me Don t Say Hi a story about the tumultuous bond between two brothers that took my breath away The Other Language about a boy who travels with his family and develops a crush on a servant boy that becomes marred by class and clashing longings and the two nding stories that feature the same set of characters World Famous and Radha Krishna in which a man and a woman contend with the community gossip that threatens to tear them apart I love the drama Neel Patel inserts into these stories how for the most part they serve to undermine stereotypes about Indian Americans about women and about ueer people These stories reveal sad truths about what happens when we do not treat people well or when we live in a society that makes it so difficult for immigrants to succeed ven when they push the. Ld never guess; three women who almost gleefully throw off the pleasant agreeability society asks of them; and in the final pair of linked stories a young couple struggling against the devastating force of community gossip If You See Me Don't Say Hi xamines the collisions of old world and new world small town and big city traditional beliefs like arranged marriage and modern rituals like Facebook. .Tells Of A Woman Enchanted