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THE ORPHANAGE FOR WORDS

by Shinie Antony

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-3695-4
  2. Pages: 188 pages
  3. Date: June 2015

ABOUT THIS BOOK

‘Shinie Antony has a distinctive understated style, black humour and quiet focus on the soul. A powerful writer and excellent storyteller…’—Antara Dev Sen, editor, The Little Magazine
ABOUT THE BOOK
Where do they go, words no one wants?
No one uses anymore?
When fathers die and mothers don’t remember?
All the love words and forever words
When the mouth moves on to other words, other people?
The Orphanage for Words documents the unsaid, what is forgotten, spoken long ago, means nothing anymore. The bad, bad poetry of first love. Old yellowing letters at the bottom of a trunk. Words that jam your hands on the steering wheel long after the lights turn green. Lies men tell women to get them into bed, lies women tell the men they cheat. An old man holding his wife’s hand in dementia. The un-golden silence of silences…
Poetic and haunting, these stories sum up the fleeting nature of emotions, about how deep they run for the time they do.

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Shinie Antony has written three books of short stories— Barefoot and Pregnant, Séance on a Sunday Afternoon and Planet Polygamous—and two novels—Kardamom Kisses and When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied. She has compiled the anthologies, Kerala, Kerala, Quite Contrary and Why We Don’t Talk. She won the Commonwealth Short Story Asia region prize in 2003.