Hard Choices

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
296 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2018
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Author Biography

Am an immigrant from India.
Came to the United States of America in the mid seventees.
The life style of immigrants, their cultural conflicts and their need to adapt to a society with different expectations and attitudes made me do a little soul searching.
The effect on the life immigrant children urged me to put it down on paper, in the form of short stores.
I have a Masters degree in English Literature and Economics from India.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Hard Choices: Three Short Stories by Lakshmi Karra is an inspiring collection of three beautifully crafted stories, involving strong characters of Indian origin faced with difficult relationship choices, stories that invite readers to think about the traditions and customs against which the characters evolve. In “My Story,” Gauri, a daughter of Indian immigrants, gets married to an engineer, but a clash of cultures takes place between them that eventually threatens their relationship. In “Maya and Her Grandmother,” a young girl moves in with an older man, has a relationship that elicits disapproval on all sides, but it’s the wisdom from her grandmother that enlightens her choices. Lastly, in “The Will,” a young doctor in the US learns he is destined to receive a huge inheritance in India. Skeptical and undecided, what will he do?

Lakshmi Karra shows great skill in the art of the short story, with impeccable plotting and building powerful conflicts. The author skillfully weaves elements of culture into the narrative, allowing readers a strong feel of Indian traditions and the rules of relationships, their sense of family and marriage, and authority. The characters are interesting, real, and skillfully developed, and their backgrounds enable readers to feel the tension that builds up in each story, leading to emotional and fiery denouements. Hard Choices: Three Short Stories features beautiful prose, interspersed with well-crafted dialogues. The author holds your attention from the first story as the tension builds, making you long for the resolution. It is entertaining reading!