Cover

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Title page, Editorial series, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. ix

Part One

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M-o-t-h-e-r

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pp. 3-18

Uma Shastri had worried about loving her boys too much. But then again, she wondered, what in the world was too much?
In high school and college, Uma was good at math and economics only because she studied so hard. But with a field hockey stick...

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Ajay the Lover

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pp. 19-38

That summer, the first woman he met had spent the previous three years on tour with Cirque du Soleil performing a piece inspired by her training in classical Indian dance. Neela had recently left the Cirque. She was tired of touring and was now applying to law school...

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Welcome Back, Mahesh

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pp. 39-58

After spending eighteen months in a minimum-security prison for grand theft, Mahesh Shah could not clearly picture the new life he wanted. He looked forward to seeing his family but wanted a couple of weeks by himself, away from prison and his old life...

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Patrick Ewing’s Father

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pp. 59-76

I had recently moved to New York City for a new job. I was thrilled to be there, and I stared to take in the newness of it all. I liked to stare. I liked looking at how people dressed, the shoes they wore, the books they read, and the looks on their faces. I liked listening...

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A Housewarming

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pp. 77-90

Diligence afforded Rohit Mehta some luxuries—occasional rounds of golf, a twenty-two-hundred-square-foot house in a well-spaced suburban development, a treadmill and a TV in the garage. On the weekends, he spent time with his family, playing doubles, growing...

Part Two

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The Blind Writer

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pp. 93-198

When I was a graduate student, preparing for a career I would eventually abandon, I did something that, now that I am older and finely attuned to the cruelty of consequence, surprises me.
I received an email announcing that a prominent writer spending...

Acknowledgments

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pp. 199-205