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Anita Anand

Anita Anand was born in Montreal. She has lived in the Bronx, England, and Richmond, B.C. Her first novel, Swing in the House and Other Stories is told in a series of vignettes. Anand was a finalist for the CBC’s Quebec Writing Competition in 2012.

Swing in the House and Other Stories book cover

Fiction (Short stories)

Swing in the House and Other Stories

Montreal: Esplanade Books, 2015.
PS8601 .N28 S95 2015

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Swing in the House paints an utterly contemporary portrait of Canadian families in their most private moments. Anand pulls back the curtains to reveal the unspoken complexities within the modern home, from sibling rivalries to fracturing marriages, casual racism to damaged egos, hidden homosexuality to mental illness. Each of these stories offers a deftly-constructed morality play. In the novella-length title story, a young mother timidly explores the possibilities of an affair to alleviate the suffocation of a loveless marriage, to detrimental effect. In “Indelible Markers,” a girl vacationing in Greece learns that growing up with a schizophrenic father has affected her relationships with men. In “Something Steady,” a lonely, mentally challenged teen vents his anger on a co-worker’s boyfriend. Throughout, Anand’s incisive intelligence, sharp prose, and sly wit infuse dark undercurrents into these seventeen cautionary tales.

Awards and Honours

2015 Concordia University First Book Prize–Quebec Writers’ Federation (Winner)


Publisher Véhicule Press, of which Esplanade Books is the fiction imprint