Book Title: Stuck Like Lint
Author: Shefali Tripathi Mehta
Total Number of Pages: 156
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Publication Date: 6 Oct 2017
How did Trisha come up with such an incredible collection of stories? Who or what was her inspiration? Why was she being so suspiciously silent? When Trisha disappears suddenly, complaining of a writer’s block, Debika, her editor for years, is left distressed—theirs was not just a writer-editor association but a bond of friendship and trust. Soon afterwards, the surprising news of her award-winning collection hits the headlines. As Debika braces herself to read the stories, she knows she must let go of her resentment. What she is not prepared for, however, is the shocking revelation that awaits her—a dark secret that will unravel itself in the most mysterious ways.
A nuanced novella with a twist in the tale; a story about stories of women, who live complex lives within commonplace existences; each devising her own escape from the realities and challenges of love, marriage and motherhood, to follow one’s heart’s desire, in the most unexpected ways.
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
Stuck Like Lint tells the story of Debika and Trisha. Trisha who was a writer suddenly disappears after she complains of a writer’s block. Debika who was her editor, feels anxious for her to return. Trisha hasn’t contacted Debika after her disappearance and Debika is left to think what had gone wrong and why she left without telling her anything.
Debika wasn’t just her editor but was also her friend. One day, she receives a package containing a book. When she opens it, she is upset when she discovers that it’s a book authored by Trisha and that she had sought another editor for her book. Though momentarily she is angry with her decision, she can’t stop herself from reading the book.
What follows is a collection of short stories centred at women on how they overcome obstacles all the while coping with their own personal struggles. There are also some other stories which explores the familial bonds and relationships. While reading the book, Debika remembers the time she spent with Trisha and reminiscences over the fond memories.
Debika’s part of narration is written in italics and in first person. She shares her thoughts on each story she reads from Trisha’s book. She reads each story and then returns to the present and shares her thoughts and daily happenings. As she slowly gets immersed into the stories, her earlier resentment slowly dissipates. The connection with Trisha’s disappearance and stories in her book is linked and this is revealed in later on in the book. The revelation of the secret leaves Devika stunned.
I liked how the author kept Debika’s and Trisha’s part separate. The italicization did its job but the style of narration is also completely different. I loved the stories. They spoke of emotions and I could really connect with each of them. They were realistic and completely believable. The narration flowed easily. The language is simple and easy to understand. I loved the overall presentation of the book and I don’t have any regrets of reading it.
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