IN PERSON - Jennifer Maritza McCauley and Oindrila Mukherjee

Start: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Brazos Bookstore--
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will host Jennifer Maritza McCauley and Oindrila Mukherjee in person on Friday, February 3 at 6:30pm.


ABOUT WHEN TRYING TO RETURN HOME

A dazzling debut collection spanning a century of Black American and Afro-Latino life in Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh, Louisiana, Miami, and beyond—and an evocative meditation on belonging, the meaning of home, and how we secure freedom on our own terms

Profoundly moving and powerful, the stories in When Trying to Return Home dig deeply into the question of belonging. A young woman is torn between overwhelming love for her mother and the need to break free from her damaging influence during a desperate and disastrous attempt to rescue her brother from foster care. A man, his wife, and his mistress each confront the borders separating love and hate, obligation and longing, on the eve of a flight to San Juan. A college student grapples with the space between chivalry and machismo in a tense encounter involving a nun. And in 1930s Louisiana, a woman attempting to find a place to call her own chances upon an old friend at a bar and must reckon with her troubled past.

Forming a web of desires and consequences that span generations, McCauley’s Black American and Afro–Puerto Rican characters remind us that these voices have always been here, occupying the very center of American life—even if we haven’t always been willing to listen.

ABOUT THE DREAM BUILDERS

“Mukherjee allows full life for these characters who are often real enough to remind us of ourselves, even as they betray one another. . . . even as they betray themselves.” —Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Tradition

“Funny, moving, and often deliciously cynical.” —Tiphanie Yanique, author of Monster in the Middle

After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing—and no one—here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations.

Written from the perspectives of ten different characters, Oindrila Mukherjee’s incisive debut novel explores class divisions, gender roles, and stories of survival within a society that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly Americanized. It’s a story about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere: a tale of ambition, longing, and bitter loss that asks what it really costs to try and build a dream.


Jennifer Maritza McCauley is the author of the poetry collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (Stalking Horse Press) and the short story collection When Trying to Return Home (Counterpoint Press.) She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kimbilio, CantoMundo and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MFA from Florida International University and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Missouri. She is the fiction editor at Pleaides and an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Oindrila Mukherjee is an associate professor of creative writing at Grand Valley State University. She grew up in Kolkata, India, and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

When Trying to Return Home: Stories By Jennifer Maritza McCauley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640095687
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint - February 7th, 2023

The Dream Builders By Oindrila Mukherjee Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781953534637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - January 10th, 2023