The Blind Writer:
Stories and a Novella

Together, the five stories and novella in this collection follow the lives of first- and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California. The characters share a similar sensibility: a sense that immigration is a distant memory, yet an experience that continues to shape the decisions they make in subtle and surprising ways as they go about the complicated business of everyday living. The collection is anchored by the title novella about a love triangle between an aging, blind writer, his younger beautiful wife, and a young man desperate to start a writing life. Over several months, the three will get to know one another and move toward a moment that will change the lives of each of them forever.

Sameer Pandya’s stories are fine‑tuned and precise, and carry an emotional load that breaks open inside us in ways that are, by turns, delicate and explosive.

—GRETEL EHRLICH, author of Facing the Wave

Pandya writes with grace and authority about characters revealed to us through their fears and dreams, mistakes and successes, longing and regrets.

—KEITH SCRIBNER, author of The Oregon Experiment

News and Upcoming Events

01/05/2016

I am thrilled that The Blind Writer is on the longlist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, along with so many other terrific books.

I will be doing a reading and a Q&A @ UCLA on Thursday, January 21st from 4 to 6 pm in the Powell Library. Details here.