I usually filter my Smashwords by the Free keyword, but recently I accidentally came across a set of 99 cent short stories by Nazli Hardy, which I find myself scarfing down like candy. The stories share a common thread of New York City life among immigrants from Bangladesh, and cross-reference one another through characters and neighborhoods. Nazli writes with great fluidity, grace and humor, and each of these stories suffers only from the reader wanting more, which I’ve always thought of as a true sign of good story telling. I was not surprised by her talent – I had come across her blog on the web nearly a decade ago, where she was writing by another name – but I had no idea she was writing fiction. These stories were all published in 2011. I can only hope she publishes some more. She brings to life a world I’d be happy to see more of.

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