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This Is Salvaged: Stories

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This Is Salvaged: Stories

Pushing intimacy to its limits in prose of unearthly beauty, Vauhini Vara explores the nature of being a child, parent, friend, sibling, neighbor or lover, and the relationships between self and others.

A young girl reads the encyclopedia to her elderly neighbor, who is descending into dementia. A pair of teenagers seek intimacy as phone-sex operators. A competitive sibling tries to rise above the drunken mess of her own life to become a loving aunt. One sister consumes the ashes of another. And in the title story, an experimental artist takes on his most ambitious project yet: constructing a life-size ark according to the Bible’s specifications. In a world defined by estrangement, where is communion to be found?

The characters in THIS IS SALVAGED, unmoored in turbulence, are searching fervently for meaning, through one another.

This Is Salvaged: Stories
by Vauhini Vara

  • Publication Date: September 26, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN-10: 0393541738
  • ISBN-13: 9780393541731