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Sejal Shah of the Kenyon Review Online provides a personal look into Amarnath Ravva’s memoir. She discusses the prominence of rituals in the book as well as its illustration of the passage of time. If you haven’t gotten a chance yet to read AMERICAN CANYON (or if you have and would like to recall its profound effect), read Shah’s review.

“Ravva’s book, at times unwieldy, is also beautiful; more than this, it is valuable—in its messy, generative attempt to trace the movement of the self through time via rituals, imperfect and sacred as any who undertake to perform them.”

  1. Thank you for linking to my review of Amar’s wonderful book. It should be “she” discusses…if the personal pronoun is referring to me, the reviewer– I was not sure about if it was meant to refer to Amar or to me. all my best, Sejal

    Sejal Shah

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