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Strange and Beautiful Ghosts: Tania James’ ‘Aerogrammes’

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Author Tania James’ new short story collection “Aerogrammes: And Other Stories” is full of strange and beautiful ghosts—absent parents, a grandfather with dementia, paralyzed limbs, an orphaned chimpanzee. James will read from and sign copies of “Aerogrammes” Wednesday at Carmichael’s Bookstore.

Born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Kerala, a state in southern India, James grew up in Louisville’s East End and attended the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Many of the characters in “Aerogrammes” are immigrants or second-generation Indians struggling with generational and cultural divides.