"When Your Country Calls You an Alien" in Catapult (2020)
"Her Mother's Lover" in Bold Strokes Books (anthologized in In Our Own Words, 2021)
"God's Intern" in World Literature Today (2018)
"Guide to Bharatanatyam" in Paper Darts (2018)
"Kathakali" in Spider Road Press (anthologized in Companion of Ash, 2017)
"Desi Girl" in Litro Magazine (print and online, 2016; awarded Editor's Pick)
"The Scenic Route" in The Emory Wheel (2019)
"Reflections" in storySouth (2016)
"Little Things" in Blue Marble Review (2016)
the juvenile immigrant
speaking tiger books, 2019
"They live somewhere along the hyphen in Indian-American. Every day, they dance further and further away from each other. Soon, they'll fall off the serif edge altogether, into their separate words. Their separate worlds."
In her sparkling debut collection, Namrata Verghese explores the disorders and triumphs of Indian immigrants, particularly Malayalis, in America. These short stories brilliantly evoke interior dramas of dislocation, racism, mental illness, marriage, and infidelity, with surprising twists of humor, pathos, and pessimism. Marked by keen psychological insight and visceral prose, they speak urgently to our contemporary moment.