Where the Long Grass Bends, Neela Vaswani
Where The Long Grass Bends is a delight of invention and language. In whirling, catch-me-if-you-can prose, Vaswani tells stories that subvert conventional narrative by employing Indian lore, Gaelic fable, and historical legend. Spare, fierce, and unpredictable, this debut collection is boundless, even boundary-less, because Vaswani has, as David Garnett said of Virginia Woolf, a mind that sticks to nothing.
Vaswani is author of Where the Long Grass Bends (Sarabande, 2004). Recipient of a 2006 O. Henry Prize, she holds a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies from the University of Maryland. She lives in New York and teaches at Spalding University's brief-residency MFA Program. An education activist in India and the US, Vaswani is founder of the Storylines Project.