Here is what people are saying about it:
“Sreenivasan writes with a tender, seemingly semiautobiographical view of her subjects and clearly understands the familial and cultural pressures on second-generation Americans and the expectations of traditional Indian American culture. . . . This is a witty, timely exploration of the varying definitions of success, belonging, cultural identity, and the human desire to connect.” — Stephanie Turza, Booklist
“This is a wonderful debut novel, full of heart and soul, familial and romantic love, and the search for happiness.” — Diane LaRue, Bookchickdi blog (Diane lists my novel as one of her favorites for 2012!)
“And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a sweet, wonderful love story about two people trying to make their relationship work in a judgmental society. I honestly enjoyed this more than I can express.” — Anjana Vasan, Kindle and Me blog
“Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s poignant debut novel And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a moving love story that is both traditional and modern, surprising and deeply comforting – it’s not only about finding love, but a way to be true to ourselves.” –Laura Dave, author of The First Husband
“Insightful, hopeful, and luminescent, Sreenivasan’s novel will make you believe in the power of love to overcome all obstacles.” –Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine and Imaginary Men
“And Laughter Fell from the Sky is a timely story about what matters most deeply: our quest for love and acceptance, and our fear that we will never find that person who might give us both. Jyotsna Sreenivasan’s writing speaks straight to the heart.” — Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men
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Other Books I’ve Written
I am also the author of three books for children — two middle-grade novels, Aruna’s Journeys and The Moon Over Crete; and a biography, Ela Bhatt: Uniting Women in India. I have written two reference books for high school and college students: Utopias in American History, and Poverty and the Government in America.
Short Stories I’ve Written
My short stories (for grown-ups) have appeared in a number of literary magazines, including American Literary Review and Tampa Review.
My short stories are included in the following anthologies: Confessions: Fact or Fiction? edited by Herta Feely and Marian O’Shea Wernicke; Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, edited by Alys Masek and Kelly Mayhew; and Living in America: Poetry and Fiction by South Asian American Writers, edited by Roshni Rustomji Kerns.
My story “Sister” is included in Lalitamba 5, a magazine of spiritual fiction, poetry, and essays.
An audio version of my story “Home” is included in the April 2012 issue of the Drum Literary Magazine.
My story “Perfect Sunday” appeared in the January 2012 issue of India Currents magazine.
One of my short stories (a very short, somewhat strange story) was published online in Barrelhouse magazine: Once There Was a Woman in a Car.
My Other Web Sites
Check out my new web site, Second Generation Stories: Literature by Children of Immigrants, which lists and reviews books by people born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, and by people who have immigrated to the U.S. as children.
You can also “like” my Facebook Author Page.
- Guest post, Immigrant Stories, on Books in the City blog
- Guest post: Why write a novel inspired by another novel? (on Reading Group Choices blog)
- Guest post: Five Things I’d Tell the Teen Me (on Chick Lit is Not Dead)
- Interview with Deborah Kalb
- Interview on Visi Tilak’s Suprose blog (dedicated to South Asian writers)
- Q & A on SinisterGirlz web site
- A print interview on Women’s Fiction Writers.
- An audio interview on Book Club Girl.
- A print interview from The Hindu, a newspaper in Chennai, India
How to Pronounce My Name
You can hear me pronouncing it here: http://www.teachingbooks.net/pronounce.cgi?aid=11824
I was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. My parents are immigrants from India. I earned a BA in English literature from Kent State University, and an MA in English literature from the University of Michigan. I have worked as a writer and editor at a variety of nonprofits in Washington, DC, and at the University of Idaho. I currently work as a middle school English teacher in Columbus, Ohio.
If you are an author or small publisher with a book that you think would be appropriate for this web site, or if you have questions or comments for me, please send an e-mail to: jyotsna64 [at] aol.com.