So, my reviews from the ABNA contest came out. I've cut and pasted them for your viewing pleasure---
This story is well written. I found myself at the end of the story before I knew it. This is one hallmark of a good tale - I didn't have to "get into" the story, I felt that I was engaged to the tale from the first page. The author did a good job of simply and directly narrating the action. In some way, the writing seems "eastern" in nature, which adds to the subject matter.
The use of an Indian heroine is very clever. It allows for a clash-of-cultures sort of love story, which is were this plot appears to be heading.
Not much to say about this piece. Rahter boring bit about a professor who meets an American on a flight to England. Then she is invited to a professors home for a dinner party and there is the man from the palne.
She talks about her mother who is ill and as a sign of support shaves her heard which is a custom in her country.
She talkes about her neighbor going through her food while she is away and stealing things. She gets some letters from and old lover while she is gone.
I must say I couldn't get into the story at all. There was no hook to get me excited to read more.