Each of Us Killers

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Authors: Jenny Bhatt
  • Paperback : 180 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1733367264
  • ISBN-10 : 1733367268
  • Product Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.75 x 5.5 inches
  • Publisher : 7.13 Books (September 8, 2020)
  • Language: : English

"Jenny Bhatt's gorgeous stories in Each of Us Killers remind me why I love to read a good book. It is such a pleasure to be immersed in the worlds of her characters, in their hunger for love or money, and in their local and global struggles to live. With mouth-watering detail, Bhatt serves up a rich and varied feast." ~Devi S. Laskar, Author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues

Stories woven at the intersection of labor and our emotional lives. Set in the American Midwest, England, and India (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, rural Gujarat) the stories in Each of Us Killers are about people trying to realize their dreams and aspirations through their professions. Whether they are chasing money, power, recognition, love, or simply trying to make a decent living, their hunger is as intense as any grand love affair. Straddling the fault lines of class, caste, gender, nationality, globalization, and more, they go against sociocultural norms despite challenges and indignities until singular moments of quiet devastation turn the worlds of these characters--auto-wallah, housemaid, street vendor, journalist, architect, baker, engineer, saree shop employee, professor, yoga instructor, bartender, and more--upside down.


One of the most anticipated debuts of the second half of 2020 at Electric Literature, Literary Hub, The Millions, and Entropy Magazine. Listed as a must-read short story collection of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews. Listed as a must-read debut of September 2020 by Debutiful, Ms. Magazine, Bustle.

"The stories in Bhatt's rich debut collection mine the complicated experiences of Indians and immigrants. [...] These stories are memorable on their own, and they add up to a powerful expression of the hunger for success on one's own terms." ~Publishers Weekly

"A slim debut full of nuanced, clear-eyed tales of unvarnished humanity. [...] A formally diverse collection with exquisitely crafted stories about longing, striving, and learning what we can control." ~Kirkus Reviews

"Challenging assumptions, confronting power, manipulating barriers whenever possible-even at grave personal cost-Bhatt's cast surprises, inspires, frightens,  beguiles, but never disappoints." ~Shelf Awareness

"With this powerful, complex work, Bhatt should be launched into a wider readership that is fully deserved, and the literary world should rejoice in discovering a bright new star." ~Dallas Morning News

"Each of Us Killers is Jenny Bhatt's debut book but you will feel that you have encountered this level of skill, craft, and complexity before in reading the masters of the short story genre . . ." ~Texas Public Radio

"Built on a variety of literary techniques of plot, style, and voice--including the refreshing second-person singular and first-person plural--Bhatt's stories effortlessly straddle class, caste, gender, and race divides spanning the US, England, and India." ~Open The Magazine

About the Author

Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and literary critic. Her short story collection, Each of Us Killers, is out with 7.13 Books in September 2020. Her translation of Dhumketu's best short stories is out in late-2020. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in various venues in the US, UK, and India, including NPR, The Atlantic, Washington Post, BBC Culture, Literary Hub, Longreads, The Millions, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and others. Her fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and the 2017 Best American Short Stories. She was a finalist for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.