“Deep Singh Blue is work of ferocious bravery, intelligence, and art.”
Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium
“Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut novel Deep Singh Blue tells the story of an Indian family that’s trying to gain a foothold in their adopted United States, a journey marked by tragedy and bad decisions. [An] ambitious stab at a truly challenging art form. No shortcuts here, just good solid writing about flawed humans and the messes they get into.”
“A heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale in which survival depends more on compassion than rebellion.”
“I don’t know which virtue of Deep Singh Blue to recommend: the love-hate letter to northern California; the rich portraiture of Deep Singh, his family, and his tempestuous girlfriend; the oh-no-did-he-just-do-that storytelling; or indeed the blue that informs the restless, cutting, tender intelligence of the book.”
Matthew Sharpe, author of Jamestown and The Sleeping Father
“How can such a messed-up world be perfect? That paradox animates Deep Singh Blue and provides its most painful ironies… With its coming-of-age family culture clash, Deep Singh Blue veers closer to the territory of “immigrant fiction” and its well-known tropes of middle-class assimilation. But, it becomes clear, the purpose in coming close has been to take a strafing pass at those conventions and to punch through to something altogether larger.”
Heather Mackey, Your Impossible Voice
Ranbir Singh Sidhu writes stories, essays and plays, takes photographs, and dreams of making movies. He was born in London and grew up in California and has worked as an archaeologist, book store clerk, projectionist, PR guy, communications trainer with the United Nations in Sri Lanka, assistant to the playwright Edward Albee, and, among many other jobs, once spent a year assisting Joanna Steichen, widow of the renowned photographer Edward Steichen, catalog her personal collection of photographs.
His first novel, Deep Singh Blue, will be released in the US in March 2016 by Unnamed Press and in India by Fourth Estate/HarperCollins. A novella, Object Lessons (in 12 sides w/afterglow), is forthcoming in a limited edition by Run/Off Editions in 2016.
He is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls, and is a winner of the Pushcart Prize in Fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He is currently completing a far too long for anyone’s good novel, The Echoes, about the end of the world. It happened in 1991—didn’t anyone notice?
His stories have appeared in Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, The Byword, Fence, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review, Other Voices, The Happy Hypocrite, The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Barcelona Review, Word Riot and many other journals and anthologies.
His essays and reviews appear in Vice, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Terrain, The Nation, Artnet, The Millions, and other publications, and his photography appears in Portland Review and F-Stop Magazine.
He currently divides his time between New York, India, and Crete.