‘All That Jazz and Other Pathbreaking Tales’, consisting of ‘All That jazz: A Romance Novella’ and 10 Short Stories narrate the tales of contemporary women and their emotional journeys, their life choices and their travails. Romance, gender, sexuality, and the spirited journeys of love and loss form the crux of these pathbreaking narratives.
The novella and the short stories are set in the backdrop of the throbbing city of Kolkata and its suburbs, the picturesque mountains of North Bengal, Delhi and its outskirts and in various cities in USA. Set in the backdrop of these diverse settings, these stories unburden the hidden desires, the old scars, the indomitable passion and irresistible emotions of the protagonists as their journeys unfold various nuances of their lives.
Lopa Banerjee’s debut collection of 10 short stories and a novella All That Jazz and Other Pathbreaking Tales breaks fresh ground as the author experiments with diverse representations of location, class, gender, sexuality as well as interpersonal relationships. The routine nostalgia and lament and the tensions between homeland and host country in diasporic writing are not replicated in cliched format in these fictional narratives. Instead, Lopa Banerjee writes her stories with admirable zest by skillfully combining emotional intelligence, empathy and informed understanding of how context can be crucial for successful creative writing.
Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta
Convenor, English Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi
President, Executive Committee, Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library at ICCR, Kolkata
Visiting Professor, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2018)
Professor, Dept of English (Retd)
Former Dean, Faculty of Arts
All That Jazz and other Pathbreaking Tales, the collection of fictional stories take us on a mesmerizing journey seen with the curious and wakeful eyes of Lopamudra Banerjee. Her novella and short stories capture the essence of the world that stretches from the East to
the West. Her penetrating vision brings out the sublimity of the characters and the brilliance of the stories in a way we might be familiar, in the Bangla tradition, but uniquely presented in a contemporary voice in English. This book is a true gift to her readers.
~ Kalpna Singh-Chitnis (Poet, Writer, and Filmmaker)
Silent River Film and Literary Society, USA
Lopa Banerjee’s use of words in the novella ‘All That Jazz’ and the 10 short stories in this collection is fantastic, her versatility is comparable with the likes of renowned authors like Amit Chaudhuri and Jhumpa Lahiri. The unique manner in which the eleven intriguing stories in the book are narrated and presented is indeed interesting. Every story is defined by characters who are very human and it is this element that the author exploits in her book to carve out stories where mixed emotions of love, hatred, anger, remorse, happiness and much more are woven into the tales, based in Kolkata/ Bengal and in the US. Even amidst the apparent different locations and cultural realities, there is a lot of melody in every story that will make the reader delve beneath their surface level and experience an entirely new dimension in storytelling.
Truly a masterpiece to cherish!
Author of A New Lease of Life- Stories of Reunion and Soul curry- fiction ‘n verses