• Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan
      Restless Books, 9781632061423, March 14, 2017 (Fiction)

      In this debut, author Unnikrishnan shares stories of laborers brought to the United Arab Emirates to do menial and everyday jobs. These people have no rights and no fallback if they have problems or health issues in that land. The laborers in Temporary People are sewn back together when they fall, are abandoned in the desert if they become inconvenient, and are even grown from seeds. As a collection of short stories, this is fantastical, imaginative, funny, and, even more so, scary, powerful, and ferocious.

      -Becky Milner, Vintage Books (Vancouver WA)

      With compassion and keen insight, Unnikrishnan’s debut novel shines a light on a little-known world. The ‘temporary people’ are invisible people, but Unnikrishnan brings them to us with compassion, intelligence, and heart.  This is why novels matter.

      -Susan Hans O’Connor, Penguin Bookshop (Sewickley, PA)

      From the strange Kafkaesque scenarios to the wholly original language, this book is amazing on so many different levels. Unlike anything I’ve ever read, Temporary People is a powerful work of short stories about foreign nationals who populate the new economy in the United Arab Emirates. With inventive language and darkly satirical plot lines, Unnikrishnan provides an important view of the relentless nature of a global economy and its brutal consequences for human lives. Prepare to be wowed by this immensely talented new voice. 

      -Hilary Gustafson, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)

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