The Miscreant presents a cast that includes misbehaving young men, squabbling couples, and frustrated lovers, and it occupies a geography that ranges from 1930s India to present-day New York City. Victor is genuinely fond of his characters, from the harried husband in the slapstick “Peter and the Ants,” which turns pest control into a new world war, to the desperate young man in “Loving Ayesha,” a story that weaves secular love, religious ardor, and India’s struggle for freedom from British rule into the book’s most unlikely and affecting centerpiece. This is a book to be shared with your closest friends. It’s a fondness that gives this collection an unusual – and welcome – warmth.
- Robley Wilson, author of Terrible Kisses, Dancing for Men, and Who Will Hear Your Secrets?
As colorful as an Indian tapestry and as complex as the alleys of Kolkata, so is the journey with Victor Rangel-Ribeiro’s stories. With his eloquent and humorous pen, the author treats the reader to a concert of sights, sounds and flavors as his life carries him from remote Goa and Mumbai to New York, with tales in which he always finds the tender, the comic and the absurd.
- Talia Carner, author of Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll, and Puppet Child