White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

White Dancing Elephants

WINNER, DZANC BOOKS SHORT STORY COLLECTION PRIZEWINNER, NARRATIVE MAGAZINE "TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK" FOR 2017A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha’s birth. An artist with schizophrenia tries to survive hatred and indifference in small-town India by turning to the beauty of sculpture and dance. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange “rescue” mission aimed at stripping their mysterious powers. A brief but intense affai...

Details White Dancing Elephants

TitleWhite Dancing Elephants
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherDzanc Books
GenreShort Stories, Feminism, Fiction, Cultural, India, Adult Fiction

Reviews White Dancing Elephants

  • Lupita Reads
    Remarkable collection of stories with an incredible range of themes. Very well written and definitely leaves you asking for more. Some stories will have you turning the page as if you are reading a thriller while others will never leave you. Definitely a collection to read!
  • Amelia
    WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS is a searing and complex collection, wholly realized, each piece curled around its own beating heart. Tender and incisive, Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a surgeon on the page; unflinching in her aim, unwavering in her gaze, and absolutely devastating in her prose. This is an astonishing debut.
  • Robby
    The word I keep thinking of as I try to write about my experience reading this book is "awe." I read each story in awe of Bhuvaneswar's flexibility and skill, her wit and compassion for her characters. One of my favorites in the collection (though all are worth reading) is "Talinda," a story about friendship, secrecy, desire, and death, though these words do not even begin to describe where this story goes. In less than 25 pages, Bhuvaneswar cove...
  • Bina
    Review posted originally on my blog WOCreads:https://wocreads.wordpress.com/2018/1...CW: Miscarriage, violence, rape, infidelityWhite Dancing Elephants is Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s powerful debut collection of short stories, which won the 2017 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize. Collecting 17 stories, this volume puts women of color, especially South Asian women in the diaspora, at the center.These are stories about pivotal moments in women’s lives...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Bhuvaneswar's short stories beautifully share the lives of sixteen different women. WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS explores issues of immigration, religion, and feminism, but what it does best it let you peer inside each woman's soul. This is a brilliant debut.
  • Anna DePalo
    A bold debut by a not-to-be-missed author. This collection of short stories journeys through the intersections of race and gender to visit the gamut of human experience—from betrayal to violence to privilege—with a nuanced hand. Sometimes humorous and occasionally with a nod to pop culture, Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s lyrical prose rises to a crescendo of stunning insights. Pick this one up!
  • David Harris
    This is a collection of seventeen excellent, eye opening stories, written with a sharp understanding of characters' background, motivation and self image (perhaps the author being a doctor helped here?)These stories often revolve around loss, abuse and identity and the range of stories in the volume means these themes are visited from different directions and through different eyes. There are missing parents, siblings, lost children and abuse as ...
  • Michelle Hogmire
    *Come see Chaya read tonight Oct 14 at KGB Bar's Sunday Night Fiction Series, free @ 7pm! My interview with her about this book is forthcoming in KGB Bar Lit Mag.*An intelligent and exciting debut short story collection, White Dancing Elephants focuses on the varied experiences of women of color. Bhuvaneswar deftly explores the complexities of intersectional feminism through tales about queer Indian women, queer biracial women, diverse immigrants...
  • -RadioactiveBookworm-
    "White Dancing Elephants" is a collection of short stories by author Chaya Bhuvaneswar, following all different kinds of people. Though it doesn't contain beginnings and ends, this is a book full of middles. You don't need to know everything about everyone, just enough to get the gist of the story before moving onto the next one in under twenty five pages each.Check out the rest of my review here!https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...
  • Christopher Castellani
    This is a fierce, unflinching, and surprising collection. In sculpted and precise prose, Bhuvaneswar delivers a gut punch with each story. There is an urgent, anxious heart beating throughout, as the characters dramatize and interrogate some of the most complexing and challenging interpersonal and political questions of the day.
  • Zish
    An incredible collection of stories. Curiously devastating and insightful.
  • Maya Williams
    A well-rounded collection that helps readers reflect on trauma for women of color in a revolutionary account of various narrative.