This dazzling collection of short stories explores the allure and confusion of what happens when East meets West. Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters home describing his film star career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance and an unusual courtship in sixties London; two childhood friends turned diplomats live out fantasies hatched by Star Trek; and Christopher Columbus dreams of consummating his relationship with Queen Isabella. With one foot in the East and one foot in the West, this collection reveals the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between the two.
"One of the decade's great literary triumphs: magical, compassionate, wise, beautiful, and so very entertaining." --"The Toronto Star "Richly imaginative...The characters are memorable, the language swift, and the reader is touched by desire, friendship and love." --"The Globe and Mail "A pleasure to read...The stories in East, West have the careful precision of ivory miniatures. And all of them, beneath their infectiously playful surfaces ponder the imponderables of human fate." --"Macleans's "From the Hardcover edition.