Eleanor Bluestein

Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction
Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales
"Bluestein explores with affection and a wicked sense of humor the excesses and arrogance of American culture amid a nation ‘so much older, wiser, and sadder than theirs.’"
Publisher’s Weekly

Eleanor Bluestein's new collection of stories puts the tiny South East Asian country of Ayama Na on the map!

"This collection of stories, Tea & other Ayama Na Tales, takes place in a small country in South East Asia. Like many small countries of the day, it struggles with peace after war and returning to the old versus embracing the new. What is different is that this particular country does not physically exist. Yet Bluestein’s canny storytelling, her perfectly imagined dialogue, her vibrant characters, both native and foreign, create a place familiar, intimate, and utterly believable. Tea & other Ayama Na Tales is a wry and thoughtful reckoning of the human condition."
ForeWord Magazine

It creates "such a strong indigenous atmosphere that we can believe we are there."
--Felice Holman