Rising to the Surface
A dazzling debut collection of stories by Latika Vasil. Latika was a prize-winner in the 2011 NZSA Asian Short Story Competition. Her portraits of disengaged and often idiosyncratic individuals, out of step with their worlds, are sketched with insight, compassion and humour. A businessman meets a tattoo artist on a plane and finds his world beginning to unravel. A rock star lookalike postie steals a postcard and has a change of luck. A lonely woman befriends the boy next door, who shares his love of pyrotechnic experiments and letters from Africa from his missionary mother.
Latika Vasil was born in India and grew up in Wellington. After completing more degrees than strictly needed, she lived and worked in Florida and Singapore before returning to Wellington in time for the latest recession. She has been a university lecturer and an adviser in the public service, and is currently a freelance researcher and writer.