Published March 18, 2022

Curdella Forbes (A Tall History of Sugar) and SJ Sindu (Blue-Skinned Gods) discuss their latest novels, exploring ideas of face value and faith, love and relationships, and the occasionally mystical nature of humanity itself, spanning continents to provide expansive examinations of our deeply interconnected world. In conversation with Amanda Korman.

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“Forbes’ novel, rich in metaphors and biblical and fairy-tale allusions, explores the cyclical nature of birth and death, and the overwhelming and terrifying power of love. It is also a forceful critique of colonialism… Born to this complicated heritage, Moshe and Arrienne discover their voices in art and social protest as Jamaica grapples with independence and identity. A fascinating post-colonial blend of romance, social history, and myth.”—Booklist, starred review

“Kalki’s life as a blue-skinned child deity at first seems rather romantic. Raised to believe he is the ’10th incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu,’ he heals the sick at his family’s ashram in Tamil Nadu, India… It is impossible not to be hypnotized by the tenderness of these opening scenes. But relatively early in the novel Kalki, narrating in adulthood as a university lecturer in Toronto, breaks the illusion of his own divinity—and any illusion that his childhood had been blessed… In attending to the fine aftershocks of this loss and many others to come, Sindu masterfully renders how our environments bake into our skin.”—The New York Times


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