Books of the week: ‘Strange’

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By Shreya Sen-Handley
HarperCollins India | Rs 350 | 208 pages

The protagonists of Shreya Sen-Handley’s stories are ordinary people whose lives take unexpected turns, placing them in situations that reveal the deeply buried parts of their psyches. From a wife trying a casual sexual encounter to a man stealing office stationary for no discernible reason, the stories examine the behaviour and responses of ordinary people to the many situations life throws at them. Each story promises to leave the reader with many questions and haunted by the characters they have read.

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