Lingering Tide is a collection of 12 short stories, told in different styles with different characters and circumstances. The only connecting factor is that they are stories about Indian immigrants, in all facets and moments in their lives. From stories about first generation children to dealing with grief within a culture and its accompanying traditions.
While I’m not as in tune with the Indian culture as others may be, I was able to enjoy the different views this collection of short stories provided. Being a first generation child of immigrants myself, it was really interesting to see how different and culturally shocking life can be to those who grew up in a certain way of life. In that respect, I was particularly drawn to the short story entitled Third Eye, where it discusses that very subject and having such different generations collide.
Admittedly, there were some stories where I couldn’t quite follow easily what was going on, and although I know they are short stories, some of them seemed to end quite abruptly. There were some that I would have preferred to keep going a bit longer, and others that I thought was dragging on a bit. That being said, Viswanathan has a beautifully poetic writing style. Her narrative and prose just dance off the pages with vivid detail and description. At only 155 pages, Lingering Tide is a heart-warming, heart-breaking and eye-opening read for everyone.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
Lingering Tide is now available in stores.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.