Thursday, November 25, 2010

Praise for Echoes from the Other Land


"Life in the Islamic Republic of Iran is a mystery to most of us. And much of the information we have about that country comes from the evening news. It often takes fiction to add depth and humanity to this one dimensional picture. We are fortunate to have writer like Ava Homa... "Glass Slippers" is a powerful story with a strong ending, and it's full of resonant images, especially around the seclusion/covering up/confinement of women." Carole Giangrande author of The Gardener on the Moon

"Glass Slippers is haunting, thought-provoking, elusive, subtle, all the things a short story should be" Dawn Promislow author of Jewel and Other Stories

"Ava Homa is Canada’s exquisite answer to Raymond Carver. Homa announces new beginnings—less irony, more hope—and from a breathtakingly multicultural and international perspective. Readers will experience awe and beauty at the force of Homa’s art to convey female Iranian protagonists wholeheartedly grasping their lives. A taut and subtle plain-spokenness enlivens her writing, belying rich dramatic tensions that build just beneath the surface—which will surprise readers and then
captivate them."
—Louis Cabri, author of The Mood Embosser

"Ranging across regions, ethnicities, genders, sexualities and political dispositions, Homa’s characters give us a prismatic portrait of Iran that resists both internal tyrannies and Western demonization. Her style is elegantly spare, gem-solid. This is a voice we all need to hear."
—Susan Holbrook, author of Joy Is So Exhausting

"Ava Homa's Echoes from the Other Land is an enchanting collection of short
stories from Iran and Kurdistan, drawing readers into the complexity
of the characters personalities and the societies in which they live and the
simplicity of their wants and desires. I felt engaged from start to finish.
I couldn't put the book down." Susan McClelland the author of A Bite of Mango


"Dipped into it last night to read "Glass Slippers". For me it was a virtuoso performance where in a very tightly written story you managed to echo so many popular fairy/folk/literary tales, East and West...Cinderella of course but also Bluebeard and Yusuf and Zulaikha to name just a few!...Bravo" Ariel Balevi, Story Teller


"I can only say that having read, critiqued and helped to edit the first drafts of most of these stories, that they are simple, but beautiful.  If you’re a fan of Hemingway-esque prose, Ava Homa’s stories will make your literary senses tingle.  If you are at all interested in Iran as a political, cultural and social landscape, you’ll enjoy Echoes From the Other Land.  There are no clichés in these stories.  You’ll have to read them again and again to really understand what’s just happened:  this was proven when a very smart member of our class, totally missed the point in one of Homa’s stories (which has since resulting in much teasing) but is easy to do when things are not stated outright, when the reader has to explore to find the answers.  The politics aren’t overdone and heavy-handed; this is not a book highlighting Iranian doctrine or Western doctrine.  There’s balance here." Jenny Ferguson

"Powerful collection of short stories...all connected by the Sufi proverb stated at the beginning of the book "If you cannot fly out of the cage, fly with the cage".Very strong narration style which makes it hard for the reader to remain a silent spectator as the story proceeds. Its amazing how the protagonist picks up and goes on with her life in each story." Smitha Cholakkal

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