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Stuck Like Lint by Shefali Tripathi Mehta- Review

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Stuck Like Lint by Shefali Tripathi Mehta
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Pages: 155 Pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Shefali Tripathi Mehta
  • Publishing Date: October, 2017
  • Publisher: Niyogi Books
  • ISBN-10: 9385285815
  • ISBN-13: 978-9385285813

Review:

Debika is an editor. One day she receives a package which contains a book. It’s a collection of short stories written by Trisha. Debika used to edit her books. Over the years, somehow their professional collaboration turned into a bond of friendship and trust. Until one day Trisha vanished from her life, complaining of a writer’s block. And now after one year, out of nowhere, this book unexpectedly appears in her morning post. Trisha published this book with the help of another editor. Debika is furious that her friend lied to her. As she braces herself to read the book, she knows that she must let go of her resentment. However, she doesn’t know that this book will answer all her questions but in most unexpected ways.

Stuck Like Lint is a collection of short stories written by Trisha. As the story progresses, we get to know more about her from Debika’s musings. To be honest, when I started reading this book, I didn’t realize that I will be reading all the tales from Trisha’s book. While reading the initial chapters, I thought these are elaborate back stories of different characters. It took me some time to realize that these stories are written by the protagonist. At the beginning of each one, Debika reminisces about her friendship with Trisha. Her musings take the narrative forward. Even after finishing half of the book, I couldn’t understand how the main story line is connected with all these stories. But once I finished the book all my questions were answered. Every loose end was tied up perfectly in the last story along with a shocking revelation.

Honestly, all through the book I was anxious to find out why Trisha betrayed her friend. She seemed like a pretty decent person. Turns out her stories are more interesting than her life. All of them are refreshingly imaginative. Each one has a twisted ending which I enjoyed thoroughly. These tales are about women who find themselves in challenging situations within their commonplace existence. Some of them confront their problem face-to-face whereas some try to handle their situation by escaping. I finished the book in one go. Shefali Tripathi Mehta’s writing is captivating and invigorating. It’s easy to read. And as Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” I would love to read her other books and recommend this one to all the readers who want to read tales of ordinary women in extraordinary situations.

My rating- 3/5

Thank you Niyogi Books for providing me the opportunity to review this book.

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