The essays in Sayantani Dasgupta's debut collection "Fire Girl" examine the contrasts and complexities of India and America through the lenses of Bollywood; Hindu mythology; South Asian religion, history and politics; gender and feminism; and what it means to grow up in the crowded, cosmopolitan world of New Delhi, the capital city of India, versus the small, university town of the American West where she now lives and teaches.
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Kim Barnes says the following about Fire Girl: "Sayantani Dasgupta writes with such keen intelligence and vivid clarity that we can’t help be taken in. Lyrical, compassionate, and compelling, these beautiful essays transport us to another world. In Dasgupta’s able hands, it is a world we come to recognize as our own."
Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani Dasgupta teaches at the University of Idaho. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Rumpus, Phoebe, and Gulf Stream, among other magazines and literary journals. She edits nonfiction for Crab Creek Review, and previous honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and a Centrum Fellowship. To learn more, visit http://www.sdasgupta.com/