Rakesh Satyal

marlene lopez

(Rakesh, Satyal) Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award and the Prose/Poetry Award from the Association for Asian American Studies and which was a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award. Satyal received a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has twice been a Fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. His second novel is No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador). In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his mid-forties, lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit’s sister, Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane, Harit has taken to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister. Meanwhile, Ranjana, also an Indian immigrant in her mid-forties, has just seen her only child, Prashant, off to college. Worried that her husband has begun an affair, she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. When Harit and Ranjana’s paths cross, they begin a strange yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears.