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Chandra Prasad was born in 1975 in New Haven, Connecticut to an Indian
father and an Italian/Swedish/English mother. She knew from childhood that
she wanted to be an author, although she preferred to write on her own
rather than to study creative writing formally. A 1997 graduate of Yale,
she enjoys creating stories that have an interesting historical framework.
Two of her books, Death of a Circus (Red Hen Press) and a forthcoming novel
with Atria, are set in the America of the 1930s.
Chandra is the editor of, and a contributor to, Mixed: An Anthology of Short
Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (W.W. Norton), which includes original
pieces by authors such as Danzy Senna, Cristina Garcia, Rebecca Walker, Mat
Johnson, Ruth Ozeki, Neela Vaswani, Marina Budhos, and Diana Abu-Jaber. The
author of Outwitting the Job Market, Chandra has written numerous articles
on diversity and the workplace, which have been published in the Wall Street
Journal, India Abroad, India New England, and Vault.com, among others. Her
short stories have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including
Faultline, the University of California at Irvine's Pushcart prize-winning
Married to Basil Petrov, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, Chandra lives and
works in Connecticut.
- Death of a Circus
Red Hen Press. (2006)
- Tells the story of the Bringlebright Circus, a small
fictional troupe traveling the United States in the early twentieth century,
an era when circuses are falling out of favor and only the largest shows are
enduring. Initially, the book follows Lor Cole, a young African American
man from Connecticut who dreams of leaving behind his provincial past and
making a name for himself as a high wire walker. Upon joining
Bringlebright, however, Lor quickly learns that the characters who join him
under the Big Top have their own stories to tell.
Closest to Lor is Cirella Flannery, a beautiful and startlingly devious
fire-eater who has struggled for survival since her spirited days in a
juvenile detention facility. Ranju, Bringlebright's reclusive chief animal
trainer, hides a history of magic and trickery that may be his undoing.
Stalwart, Ranju's young protégé, finds solace in his journal even as he
grapples with a mysterious connection to Lor. Presiding over the show is
Mr. Barnacle, the Ringmaster, a charlatan who constantly concocts new
stratagems to keep Bringlebright afloat. Together, these performers create
a colorful ensemble that illuminates the twin sides of the show: one
rapturously razzle-dazzle, the other rough-and-tumble.
Books edited by Chandra Prasad
- Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs
and novels, Mixed is the first of its kind: a fiction anthology with racial
overlap as its compass. With original pieces by both established and
emerging writers, Mixed explores the complexities of identity that come with
being a multiracial person. Every story, crafted by authors who are
themselves mixed-race, broaches multiracialism through character or theme.
With contributors such as Neela Vaswani, Cristina Garcia, Danzy Senna, Ruth
Ozeki, Mat Johnson, Wayde Compton, Diana Abu-Jaber, Marina Budhos, Mary
Yukari Waters, and Peter Ho Davies, and an illuminating introduction by
Rebecca Walker, Mixed gives narrative voice to the multiple identities of
the rising generation.
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