Gorgeous cover by Misha Oberoi
“When Trisha disappears suddenly, complaining of a writer’s block, Debika, her editor for years, is left distressed—theirs was not just a writer-editor association but a bond of friendship and trust. Soon afterwards, the surprising news of her award-winning collection hits the headlines. As Debika braces herself to read the stories,
she knows she must let go of her resentment. What she is not prepared for, however, is the shocking revelation that awaits her—a dark secret that will unravel itself in the most mysterious ways.”
Stuck Like Lint is a collection of short stories, written by Shefali Tripathi Mehta. These stories are cleverly connected in a way that made my inner lit major squeal. Framed by the story of Debika and Trisha and what happened to their relationship, the inner set of short stories constitute the very short story collection Debika receives in the post, a book that Trisha published without her.
I really liked the way the book focuses on the friendship of the two women, Debika and Trisha, and their relationship of writer and editor as well. But what’s more, the stories within the story also center the every day experiences and often difficulties of a variety of women in India.
I really enjoyed all of the stories, but here are a few of my faves:
“Sheela’s Escape,” is the story of a 40-year-old bank teller, whose life of work at the bank and at home have made her stop smiling and singing. Then she meets someone on her commute.
The “City Girl,” is Rhea who is not as free to make decisions since she married. She decides to visit Kerala with a male colleague she’s attracted to.
“The Trade-Off,” is the final story as well as one that ties everything together and explains what happened with Trisha. I definitely won’t spoil it for you though! But it was a surprising ending.
Reading this book was a bit like being a detective, following the narrative clues and coming to the surprising solution. It was also wonderful to read Debika’s musings on the stories and her perspective as both an editor and someone wondering what happened to her friend. I enjoy short stories, but often read collections over a long period of time to read each story on its own. With Stuck Like Lint, the framing and comments made it a different reading experience and I read it in few sittings. Also, the writing is gorgeous. I’ll be reading more by this author, if she (hopefully) decides to write more books!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.