“For Me the Story Is Always the Characters”: An Interview With Ranbir Singh Sidhu

Check it out here!

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“A love letter to the supreme fucked-upness of modern Punjabi families…”

The marvelous Titi Nguyen recently interviewed me for the Ploughshares blog. Read it all here.

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DEEP SINGH BLUE is work of ferocious bravery, intelligence, and art.

Thank you to Alex Shakar for the incredibly generous blurb, which he assures me is heartfelt.

“This is no picturesque coming of age. In an immigrant family and an adopted land both straitjacketed by denial and rage, it’s an open question—and a propulsive one—whether Deep Singh’s lashings out to save himself will lead to salvation or destruction. Deep Singh Blue is work of ferocious bravery, intelligence, and art.”

                                                                        —Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium

Thank you to Matthew Sharpe for the gorgeous blurb!

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. Enjoy them all, weeping and laughing and gasping.”

Matthew Sharpe, author of Jamestown and The Sleeping Father

DEEP SINGH BLUE in Kirkus Reviews

Thank you to Kirkus for the fantastic review! Here’s a little of what they say: “Sidhu writes with keen wit and crafts every character with psychological texture, exploring the effects of racism as well as the desire to control a world spinning off its axis… A heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale in which survival depends more on compassion than rebellion.”

Read the full review here.

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Reading The Byword in Crete…

It’s a rare event when a major new literary magazine comes out of India, and rarer still that one of such scope and deep seriousness as The Byword emerges. But here it is, and to me it is a real cause for celebration. If you’re in India, run out to your local bookstore and see if you can get a copy, and if they don’t have one, tell them to order it. I’m proud to say I’ve got a major new story, “Jerusalem”, in the debut issue, but there’s so much else besides, and much of it fantastic. Finally, in India, a print venue where not only new writing is published, but also celebrated.byword