“For so long I imagined I was making some long journey which would make sense when I had reached the end, but now I realize there are no journeys, just imprints in other people’s dusty footsteps.” -- from Journey of Angels
Recognized for his first collection of short fiction, The Interloper, with a nomination for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Rabindranath Maharaj displays that distinct talent again in The Book of Ifs and Buts. Part of our new Vintage Tales series, these stories tell the experience of immigrants as they take up new lives, often alone, in strange lands. With passion and a discreet comic sensibility, Maharaj brings poignancy and enduring beauty to lives that
prosper, suffer, endure heartbreak and realize dreams.
Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of The Lagahoo’s Apprentice (“This may be the best Canadian novel yet written about the Caribbean.” -- The Toronto Star) and Homer in Flight, which was shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. This is his second collection of short stories. He was born in Trinidad and now lives in Ajax, Ontario.