Sohrab Homi Fracis


Sohrab selected to YADDO

"Reading Ticket to Minto was an emotional and intellectual joyride I did not want to end. Here is a writer who leaps headlong into the creative furnace--daring, energetic, fresh! This collection of stories will haunt me for years to come." --Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer (PEN/​Hemingway Award)

"A subtle understanding of human nature, clarity, and intelligence inform this splendid collection. Sensual evocative...of India as it is of...America. An original voice stamped with veracity." --Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Cracking India (Liberatur Prize, Germany)

"Evokes the snaky path to adulthood, exposing all those hitchhiking demons at the intersections. From Caulfieldesque schooldays in Bombay, to assimilation amid the seductive consumerism and residual racism of American culture, a powerful, serio-comic look at two worlds, inside and out." Lenore Hart, author of Waterwoman

TICKET TO MINTO is the First Book by an Asian American to Win the Iowa Short Fiction Award

Praise for Ticket to Minto (full reviews under Quick Links)

"Recent novels and story collections by [Indian American] authors such as Akhil Sharma, Chitra Divakaruni, Amitav Ghosh, Manil Suri, and Jhumpa Lahiri (a Pulitzer winner) have won wide critical acclaim.... The latest to join that impressive roster of authors is Sohrab Homi Fracis.... Fracis writes beautifully about the dizzying excitement, fear and insecurity that one experiences when living in a foreign land.... [He] explores identity and culture in his stories with sensitivity, subtle humor, and a voice that is precise yet humble." --The Hartford Courant

"A reminder of how satisfying the short story form can be.... demonstrate[s] sophistication, subtlety and complexity.... reflect[s] a wide range of influences--from the somber realism of Somerset Maugham to the hip, colloquial humor of Junot Diaz.... the work of an impressive new talent." --Publishers Weekly

"Stunning in its breadth and scope of language and description.... a fresh voice in South Asian fiction.... One can grow tired of Rushdie wannabes, mother-in-law stereotypes and village parodies. Fracis's writing is brutally honest, exposing sinew and nerves and getting at the heart of the matter." --India Currents

"12 finely crafted stories that evoke the tug of tradition all immigrants feel, as well as life in contemporary India.... Quiet, evocative tales illuminating India and the Indian experience in America." --Kirkus Reviews

"Splendid Debut.... Fracis' book...won the prestigious 2001 Iowa Short Fiction Award." --India Today International

"[O]ne more star in the literary firmament of Parsi fiction. Into this arena dominated by expatriate writers like Rohinton Mistry, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Boman Desai enters Sohrab Homi Fracis with his collection of short stories, Ticket to Minto....[Underlying] a poignant and sympathetic a strange and uncanny streak of violence as the protagonists try to come to terms with themselves." --Parsiana

"There is subtlety and intrigue in this collection... a book that richly deserves recognition. The writing is superb." --The Florida Times-Union

"Distinctive, visceral, and original.... The Indians in the stories are a diverse lot--Hindu, Muslim, and Parsi. Recommended heartily..." --Choice Magazine

"The stories in Ticket to Minto depict the frailties and the strengths in all of us..." --Hamazor

"Provides an important voice at an important time....a wonderful exploration of a culture often viewed as foreign and remote... explores the delicate process of self-discovery... His voice is clear and lovely." --folioweekly

"an underlying sensibility...cultured, dynamic...lives as an uneasy minority in India and in America...searches for love on its own complex terms...feels for the downtrodden...understands the dilemma of mainstream Americans...empathizes with the elderly...closes stories with images of remarkable subtlety..."

"[T]his collection examines issues of racial identity with sensitivity and veracity." --Booklist

"Negotiating the tensions that arise from being caught between here and there.... A clear need for a new intercultural understanding of the world and ourselves...makes the publication of Sohrab Homi Fracis' book all the timelier, if not prophetic." --Arbus

"[T]he stories here are about being "Other", being an alien, an outsider. Fracis may live in America, but his heart does not -- cannot, not completely -- reside here entirely.... Ticket to Minto's is a valuable perspective, especially right now, with the current of xenophobia that can be found in modern American society."


German translation by Thomas Loschner, 2006, Mitteldeutscher Verlag/Press. Read about Fahrschein's selection as one of the Most Beautiful Books, 2006.