Ranbir Singh Sidhu was born in London and studied archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Good Indian Girls, and a winner of the Pushcart Prize in Fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and other awards. His plays include True East, Conquistadors, and Sangeet. His fiction appears in The Georgia Review, Fence, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review, Other Voices, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Barcelona Review, Hot Metal Bridge and other journals and anthologies. A new story, “The Tears of Paavo Laht,” appears in UK-based journal The Happy Hypocrite, and another is forthcoming in The Literary Review.
“One of the most compelling and sophisticated younger writers today.”
Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius A Comedy, and No Lease On Life
“His writing takes risks, is often daring and imaginative, and I appreciate the intelligence he brings to his craft.”
Edward Albee, author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
“Whenever I pick up a story by Ranbir Sidhu, I feel as though I’ve been released from the cedarwood closet of literature into the fresh air of active creation; as though I’d been fitted with brand-new high-tech earphones picking up an infinity of eloquent microphones cleverly scattered around the world.”
Harry Mathews, author of My Life in CIA, Cigarettes and The Journalist
“This is writing of uncommon assurance and skill.”
Jeet Thayil, author of Narcopolis
“Achingly merciless, London-born author Sidhu’s 12 short stories sharply delineate the edges of identity and sanity…These haunting tales simultaneously attract and repel, enchant and shatter…Sidhu creates inscrutable characters inhabiting bewildering circumstances. Smart, provocative and poignantly disturbing, this collection, the author’s U.S. debut, signals a writer to watch.”
Kirkus Review (Starred review)