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I'm often asked how the stories in TEMPORARY LIVES came together, and the truth is they accreted slowly over the years.
I grew up in India in an old family house in Thousand Lights, named for a mosque in the heart of Madras (now called Chennai). My mother believed the house was haunted, and her stories of the ghosts she saw filtered into my story Esther, and into the title story.
As a journalist, I once interviewed a whole family afflicted with a form of schizophrenia, while neighborhood children crowded in to watch. I spent a week with an aunt diagnosed with schizophrenia. I watched a watchman strive to stay awake on his folding-chair outside a fancy villa. I read about a man who performed an unusual service for the homeless: preparing their corpses for burial.
In the mysterious way that life transmutes into fiction, these moments and characters brought their souls and longings into the stories which became TEMPORARY LIVES.
Please drop in at my website www.ramolad.com to find out more about TEMPORARY LIVES, and to read an excerpt. To win one of 5 author-discounted copies of the book, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And tell me about something you've been haunted by.
Ramola D, author of TEMPORARY LIVES
Winner of the AWP 2008 Grace Paley Prize in Fiction
Temporary Lives / Ramola D / University of Massachusetts Press / Hardcover; 176 Pages
Price: $24.95 / ISBN: 978-1558497429 / Published: December, 2009
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