By Clark Blaise
Shortlisted for the 2011 Rogers Writers' belief Fiction Prize
2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee
Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor brief tale Award
"Clark Blaise's brilliantly imagined The Meagre Tarmac is a unique in short-story shape, warmly intimate, startling in its fast jumps and revelations, a portrait of people for whom we come to care deeply – and a portrait of an Indo-American lifestyle that shimmers ahead of our eyes with the wealthy and compelling element for which Clark Blaise's fiction is popular .... The Meagre Tarmac is a extraordinary accomplishment."—Joyce Carol Oates
An Indo-American Canterbury stories, The Meagre Tarmac explores the areas the place culture, innovation, tradition, and tool meet with explosive strength. It starts off with Vivek Waldekar, who refused to wait his father's funeral simply because he used to be “trying to thrill an American woman who concept beginning a hearth in his father's physique too gross a sacrilege to contemplate." It ends with Pranab Dasgupta, the Rockefeller of India, who can merely describe himself as “'a very lonely, very wealthy, very in charge immigrant.'" And in among is a cluster of exceptional characters, incensed through the clash among own wish and accountability, who exhaust themselves in pursuit of the magnificent. Fearless and ferociously clever, those tales are classic Blaise, whose outsider's view of the altering center of the USA has regularly been ruthless and relocating and gentle.