Born into a family with a history of inspiring migratory adventures, she has followed suit, traveling to over thirty countries, most notably India and Fiji, both of which are settings in her debut novel Darshan (an IndieReader literary fiction selection).
When time affords (which is not often enough), she writes carefully thought-out reviews for multi-layered, profoundly engaging novels. One such review earned her fifteen seconds of fame on the BBC World Book Club’s discussion of The Stranger by Albert Camus.
She holds an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, and after two years in Budapest, Hungary teaching English she is now back home in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spends her free time working on her second novel, as well as curating a fresh, new SF reading series called anthology (www.anthologysf.com).
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By Amrit Chima
Published: October 1, 2013.
Darshan chronicles the story of a family's 100-year journey across continents to escape a crime that haunts them through generations.
"A multigenerational family epic in every sense of the term: nuanced, thoughtful, well-written, and deftly mixing history with fiction." -IndieReader
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- Stories for Airports
on Nov. 20, 2013
Moments of growth and change—some monumental, others subtle—are set under a microscope in this collection, sounds and sensations amplified by expert and musical use of language. Judy B is precise in her selection of words, which she artfully employs to slow or even freeze moments in order to examine them (in particular the perils of San Francisco traffic and the exploration of the body in relation to her characters’ states of mind), building tension for the consequences and/or resolutions to come.
My favorites include "House, Ex-Wife" for the rediscovery of self within the beautiful and acute heartache of being left behind; "Hill Like a Sleeping Lady" (a nod to Hemmingway?); the very short "Icarus of Market Street" for its beat of fear and near loss followed by relief and gratitude; "Mother Mary Came to Me" for its cheeky consideration of the slippery nature of enlightenment, and "Excursion" for the talent required to write about what we cannot see.