A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives
Anjali Sachdeva’s debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character’s epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie’s steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can’t return; an online date ends with a frightening, inexplicable dissapearance. Her story “Pleiades” was called “a masterpiece” by Dave Eggers. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake.
Anjali Sachdeva’s fiction has been published in The Yale Review, The Iowa Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among other places. She won the Orange/Northern Woman Short Story prize and has been anthologized in the Best American Nonrequired Reading. She holds an MFA from Iowa, where she received the Teaching Writing Fellowship and Provost’s Fellowship, is a former editor at Unstuck and worked at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation as Director of the Educational Programs. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Augustana College, and Carnegie Mellon University, and she now teaches at University of Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and newborn daughter.