Losing Touch

By Sandra Hunter

Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


Arjun has brought his family to London after Indian Independence. But hopes of a better life rapidly dissipate. His wife Sunila wants Crimplene dresses and a nice tea service, his son suddenly hates anything Indian, and his daughter, well, that’s a whole other problem. As Arjun struggles to enforce the values he grew up with, his family eagerly embraces the new. But when Arjun’s right leg suddenly fails him, his sense of imbalance is more than external. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, he is forced to question his youthful impatience and careless cruelty to his family until he learns, finally, to love them despite — or because of — their flaws. In a series of tender and touching glimpses into the shared life of a married couple and their children, Sandra Hunter creates strikingly sympathetic characters — ones that remind us of our own shortfalls, successes, hypocrisies, and humanity.


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Arjun has brought his family to London after Indian Independence. But hopes of a better life rapidly dissipate. His wife Sunila wants Crimplene dresses and a nice tea service, his son suddenly hates anything Indian, and his daughter, well, that’s a whole other problem. As Arjun struggles to enforce the values he grew up with, his family eagerly embraces the new. But when Arjun’s right leg suddenly fails him, his sense of imbalance is more than external. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, he is forced to question his youthful impatience and careless cruelty to his family until he learns, finally, to love them despite — or because of — their flaws. In a series of tender and touching glimpses into the shared life of a married couple and their children, Sandra Hunter creates strikingly ...


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Sandra Hunter lives in California where she teaches English and Creative Writing and runs writing workshops in Ventura and Los Angeles. Her fiction received the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, October 2014 Africa Book Club Award, 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. She was a finalist for the 2016 Bridport Prize and received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2017. Her award-winning short fiction chapbook, Small Change, was published in August 2016 and her debut novel, Losing Touch, was published in 2014. She’s currently finishing her second novel, The Geography of Kitchen Tables, set in post-apartheid South Africa.


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Sandra Hunter lives in California where she teaches English and Creative Writing and runs writing workshops in Ventura and Los Angeles. Her fiction received the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, October 2014 Africa Book Club Award, 2014 H.E. Francis Fiction Award, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. She was a finalist for the 2016 Bridport Prize and received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2017. He...


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