Oindrila Mukherjee - The Dream & May-lee Chai - Tomorrow in Shanghai (Online Event)

Oindrila Mukherjee
The Dream Builders

May-lee Chai
Tomorrow in Shanghai

An Online Event

Thurs., February 16th • 5:30pm PT

This event will be hosted live online. Please contact webmaster@bookpassage.com with questions regarding live events.
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After living in the US for years, Maneka Roy returns home to India to mourn the loss of her mother and finds herself in a new world. The booming city of Hrishipur where her father now lives is nothing like the part of the country where she grew up, and the more she sees of this new, sparkling city, the more she learns that nothing — and no one — here is as it appears. Ultimately, it will take an unexpected tragic event for Maneka and those around her to finally understand just how fragile life is in this city built on aspirations. Written from the perspectives of ten different characters, The Dream Builders, Oindrila Mukherjee’s incisive debut novel, explores class divisions, gender roles, and stories of survival within a society that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly Americanized. It’s a story about India today, and people impacted by globalization everywhere: a tale of ambition, longing, and bitter loss that asks what it really costs to try and build a dream.

Oindrila Mukherjee grew up in India, where she worked as a journalist for the country's oldest English language newspaper The Statesman. She has attended university on three continents and now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University. Her work  has appeared in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Oxford Anthology of Bengali Literature, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Nehru Chevening Centenary Scholarship from the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, the Diana P Hobby Prize from Inprint Houston, and a fellowship from the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts. The Dream Builders is her debut novel.

Tomorrow in Shanghai is a short story collection exploring cultural complexities in China, the Chinese diaspora in America, and the world at large.  In a vibrant and illuminating follow-up to her award-winning story collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, May-lee Chai’s latest collection Tomorrow in Shanghai explores multicultural complexities through lenses of class, wealth, age, gender, and sexuality. These stories transport the reader, variously: to rural China, where a city doctor harvests organs to fund a wedding and a future for his family; on a vacation to France, where a white mother and her biracial daughter cannot escape their fraught relationship; inside the unexpected romance of two Chinese-American women living abroad in China; and finally, to a future Chinese colony on Mars, where an aging working-class woman lands a job as a nanny. Chai's stories are essential reading for an increasingly globalized world.

May-lee Chai is a writer and educator. May-lee is the recipient of mumerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; 2014 APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) Literary Award. She is the author of eleven books, including three novels, My Lucky Face, Dragon Chica, and Tiger Girl; the novella, Training Days; two works of memoir, The Girl from Purple Mountain (co-authored with her father) and the American Book Award–winning short story collection Useful Phrases for Immigrants.


Oindrila Mukherjee photo courtesy of the author; May-lee Chai photo courtesy of Bob Hsiang Photography



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The Dream Builders By Oindrila Mukherjee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - January 10th, 2023

Tomorrow in Shanghai: Stories By May-Lee Chai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467864
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blair - August 30th, 2022