Blog Tour: A House Is A Body by Shruti Swamy – With Algonquin Books

Welcome to my stop on the “A House Is A Body” Blog tour! This tour was organized by Algonquin books and is my first tour with a publisher! The tour will run for ten days, from 09th August 2020 to 19th August 2020. Be sure to follow #AHouseIsABody on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to read the other tour posts.

Thank you so much Algonquin Books for sending me the book to review. Also, I cannot start this review without thanking Jas from Jas Being Jas for letting me know about the tour and helping me connect with the publishers. This post literally wouldn’t have been possible without you.

So what did I think about the book? Read on to find out.

A House Is a Body

About The Book


In two-time O. Henry-prize winner Swamy’s debut collection of stories, dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity, and women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality. In “Earthly Pleasures,” Radika, a young painter living alone in San Francisco, begins a secret romance with one of India’s biggest celebrities, while “A Simple Composition,” talks about how a husband’s moment of crisis leads to his wife’s discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy and the sense of a new beginning. In the title story, an exhausted mother watches, distracted and paralyzed, as a California wildfire approaches her home. With a knife blade’s edge and precision, the stories of A House Is Body travel from India to America and back again to reveal the small moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world.

My Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Shruti Swamy
Genre: Anthology and Short Stories, Literary Fiction
Publisher: Algonquin
Date Of Publication: 11th August 2020
No, of Pages: 208
Format: E-ARC
Source: Blog Tour

Where do I even begin to describe the book? A House Is A Body is a brilliant collection of short stories written by Shruti Swamy. The book is beautiful, emotional, and poetic. Every story follows a particular theme, be it grief, fear, or love. The book is a work of art!

Set in India and the USA, the book is very female-oriented. It goes on to show life through the lens of womanhood, the emotions that a girl feels through various situations of her life. My favorite stories from the collection were the title story “A House Is A Body” and “The Siege”.

Blog Tour: A House Is A Body by Shruti Swamy - With Algonquin Books
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Final Thoughts

The book is only 208 pages long and is easily read. You can read it in one sitting or spread it out to a story a day. Would I recommend this? Definitely!

About The Author

Shruti Swamy

The winner of two O. Henry Awards, Shruti Swamy’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and a recipient of a 2018 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She lives in San Francisco.

A House Is A Body releases on 11th August 2020. It will be available for purchase on Amazon India from 01st September 2020. You can find the link to purchase the book here.

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