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Hawa Allan has reviewed Amarnath Ravva’s novel AMERICAN CANYON over at The Tricycle Foundation. Below is an excerpt of her review. You can read the complete review here.

“Ravva eschews the hackneyed narrative device of the hyphenated American suspended between two worlds, lonely, liminal, and lost. Instead, he employs precise descriptions of what he sees and hears, devoid of any value judgment or express indication of belief or disbelief.

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Yes, at times reading such accounts can seem like reading a recipe for some unknown dish. But by stripping these depictions bare of his interpretation, Ravva transforms ritual into poetry.

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