Synopses & Reviews
From a dystopian tale about genetically modified septuplets who are struck by a mysterious illness to a love story about a man bewitched by a mermaid to a stirring imagining of the lives of Nigerian schoolgirls in the aftermath of a Boko Haram kidnapping, the stories in All the Names They Used for God break down genre barriers—from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror—and are united by each character’s brutal struggle with fate. Like many of us, the characters in this collection are in pursuit of the sublime, and along the way walk the knife-edge between wonder and terror, salvation and destruction.
NAMED A MUST-READ BOOK by Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, and AM New York, and a top read by Elle, Fast Company, The Christian Science Monitor, Bustle, Shondaland, Popsugar, Refinery29, Bookish, Newsday, The Millions, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and HelloGiggles
“Completing one [story] is like having lived an entire life, and then being born, breathless, into another.” Carmen Maria Machado
“Strange and wonderful . . . delightfully unexpected.” The New York Times Book Review
“Fuses science, myth, and imagination into a dark and gorgeous series of questions about our current predicaments.” Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
“One of the best collections I’ve ever read. Every single story is a standout.” Roxane Gay
"The nine stories in Sachdeva’s intriguing debut collection raise challenging questions about human responses to short circuited desires. Equally at home in realistic and speculative plots Sachdeva crafts precise character studies with minimal flourishes." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Anjali Sachdeva’s fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Yale Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She also worked for six years at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, where she was director of educational programs. She has hiked through the backcountry of Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States, and spent much of her childhood reading fantasy novels and waiting to be whisked away to an alternate universe. Instead, she lives in Pittsburgh, which is pretty wonderful as far as places in this universe go. This is her first book.