If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

Book - 2018
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A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and an NPR Best Book of the Year

In eleven sharp, surprising stories, Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them. His characters, almost all of who are first-generation Indian Americans, subvert our expectations that they will sit quietly by. We meet two brothers caught in an elaborate web of envy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he could never guess; three women who almost gleefully throw off the pleasant agreeability society asks of them; and, in the final pair of linked stories, a young couple struggling against the devastating force of community gossip.

If You See Me, Don't Say Hi examines the collisions of old world and new world, small town and big city, traditional beliefs (like arranged marriage) and modern rituals (like Facebook stalking). Ranging across the country, Patel's stories -- empathetic, provocative, twisting, and wryly funny -- introduce a bold new literary voice, one that feels more timely than ever.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250183194
Branch Call Number: FIC PATEL 2018
Characteristics: 208 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: If you see me, do not say hi


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Jul 29, 2019

Engaging and well-written stories.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 17, 2019

Compelling and captivating short stories. Each story provoked many emotions. After each story I needed to contemplate on what it meant or represented.

Dec 10, 2018

With some books of short stories, I like to read one and then come back later for the next. But I finished this whole book in one sitting. The characters and their plights are so engrossing and the positioning of one story next to another keeps you weaving connections between them as you read.


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