All Involved by Ryan Gattis

Sometimes a work of fiction absolutely does make good on the promise to bring us to another world. And sometimes a novel can make a reader see the world through fresh eyes. New to paperback, Ryan Gattis’ All Involved delivers both as it brings us to a place and culture that few of us can ever know. read more

Pain

Three forceful knocks on the door of Joe’s Tavern are unacknowledged. Joyful voices and laughter are heard inside. The knocking starts again and doesn’t stop until someone near the door decides to see what’s going on. read more

Journey to Find Ice

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Time and Opportunity

Now, look, I’ve been at this for more than forty-five years — long before Satish was even an itch in his father’s pants. I started with nothing, squatting on roadsides, selling roasted chana and peanuts off a gunny sack. They called me “Joker” because of how my wide smile always stayed on, even when dust, thick as chickpea flour, covered my face and hair. read more

Lost Lights

They rise to the sky in shades deeper than the night, darker than my melancholy. Fragments of midnight, they consume the space between spaces, chew them and spit them out into obsidian cityscape. I observe them from my tenth-floor apartment – the highest aerie I could afford – and fill my vista with dark uncertainty. Outlined by infinity, bathed in the light spectral, the city’s building blocks stand aloft and not a single light shines. Not one. read more