Sabyasachi Nag is the author of Uncharted (Mansfield Press, 2021) and two collections of poetry. His work has appeared in Black Fox Literary, Canadian Literature, Grain, the Antigonish Review, and the Dalhousie Review. He is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the Humber School for Writers. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of BC and the craft editor at The Artisanal Writer. He was born in Calcutta and lives in Mississauga, ON.
Hands Like Trees
By Sabyasachi Nag
Published by Ronsdale Press
An act of passion reverberates across continents when Visma Sen decides to remain in Calcutta when his family migrates to Canada.
Sabyasachi Nag evokes the rising heat of Calcutta in the early morning as masterfully as he depicts the calmness of a snow-lit evening street in Brampton, Ontario while the entangled lives of the Sens of Shulut unfurl over three decades. Each linked story is told through the voice of a different member of the Sen family, from Nilroy’s movingly excruciating first day as caregiver to Aunt Rita with dementia to Milli’s ambition to host her guru Mata G. The experiences of each character draw a portrait of the Sen family, whose wounds drive them to pursue an ever-elusive happiness, while clearly yearning for identity and belonging.
“Hands Like Trees, is Arundhati Roy as if written in the mode of Alice Munro.” – George Elliott Clarke, author of Where Beauty Survived: An Africadian Memoir