Good Americans

The Human Tragedy Volume 1

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
369 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Louise Hurrell for Readers' Favorite

Good Americans by Tejas Desai is a collection of short stories, mostly dealing with experiences of people of color in the United States. Right off the bat, this collection won't be for everyone. However, as a whole, the collection works well. Having that core theme of immigration means the stories flow into each other nicely. The ones that stood out were 'The Apprentice' and 'The Mountain'. 'The Apprentice' was wonderfully constructed; our narrator is a very engaging character who you're happy to go along with and the storyline builds up to a satisfying conclusion. It isn't necessarily a happy ending – none of the stories have that – but it is a powerful one. 'The Mountain' is a very bittersweet story but at the heart of it is the friendship between Peter and Nilesh. They both contemplate their futures and how their expectations of it have been altered or thwarted entirely. Watching them contemplate their struggles whilst helping one another was very endearing, and I think would resonate with anyone who has felt anxious about their future.

Yet, as with all short story collections, some stories are weaker than others and Good Americans is no exception. As mention beforehand, Good Americans won't be for everyone. There are stories such as 'Dhan's Debut' which will split opinion (I liked it due to that bizarre plot twist) and the themes and language used throughout will alienate some readers. But the collection does have some solid storytelling and is incredibly thought-provoking. The blurb compares it to the works of Mark Twain and William Faulkner, but a few of the stories reminded me of Ottessa Moshfegh's writing. It is a very provocative, grimy, hard-hitting collection, and one that will certainly divide readers.