The title "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" grabbed my attention. In the novel, Nikki spent much of her life distancing herself from her traditional Sikh family. Upon taking a creative writing class, she begins to bond with a close-knit Punjabi community, leading to wonder and revelation. I was curious about the story because of my perception of how quiet and obedient older Indian women appear to be. I am interested to see how author Balli Kaur Jaswal can open my eyes to her culture, which continues to be the goal of reading. Will the stories literally be erotic? Is the book a tease? I shall report back.
I am getting into a groove with "Devil in a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley. There is a short story named "Crimson Stain" that prefaces in the book edition I checked out from the library. This will be the first time in a while where I have read a book before I have seen the film although the film adaptation is decades old. I love the smooth language Walter writes in the voice of Easy Rawlins, his protagonist in a series of novels. It feels like the bead of sweat in a nightclub.