If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

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McMillan Palgrave

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and an NPR Best Book of the Year

In his sharp, surprising debut, Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them. His characters, almost all of who are first-generation Indian Americans, subvert our expectations that they will sit quietly by. We meet two brothers caught in an elaborate web of envy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he could never guess; three women who almost gleefully throw off the pleasant agreeability society asks of them; and, in the final pair of linked stories, a young couple struggling against the devastating force of community gossip.

If You See Me, Don't Say Hi examines the collisions of old world and new world, small town and big city, traditional beliefs (like arranged marriage) and modern rituals (like Facebook stalking). Ranging across the country, Patel’s stories—empathetic, provocative, twisting, mordantly funny, and defiant—contradict the model minority myth, giving us a bold new portrait of the brown experience, and of America.



Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9781250183217
1250183219
Characteristics: 208 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: If you see me, do not say hi

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uncommonreader
Jul 29, 2019

Engaging and well-written stories.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 17, 2019

Compelling and captivating short stories. Each story provoked many emotions. After each story I needed to contemplate on what it meant or represented.

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alcad
Dec 10, 2018

With some books of short stories, I like to read one and then come back later for the next. But I finished this whole book in one sitting. The characters and their plights are so engrossing and the positioning of one story next to another keeps you weaving connections between them as you read.

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