Sweet Like Saltwater
stories by Raywat Deonandan

Reviewed by Neil Mendes
Fall, 2000

If the stories in Sweet like Saltwater sometimes leave you shaking your head trying to make sense of it all, then Raywat Deonandan just may have achieved his goal with his first book. From outer space to just around the block, Deonandan challenges his readers with the outrageousness that is our modern world, to sit back and ponder the notions of exile and belonging. With a strong focus on his own Indian ancestry, Deonandan explores the difficulties faced by many South Asians, both then and now as they try to adapt to their new surroundings without losing touch with their past. A strong first effort.

From the publisher

Short stories by a remarkable new voice, this work represents the younger voice of Caribbean writing in Canada and elsewhere. These stories, set in India, the Caribbean and North America, profile immigration, and detatched belonging. Race, history, love, war and water are the themes of this collection bathing the reader in moods of subtle seduction, ghostly paranoia and familial regret.