In Search of the Lambs: And Other Stories

In Search Of the Lambs

Contemporary Literary Review India proudly presents ‘In Search Of the Lambs,’ a compelling collection of short stories by Divyank Jain, published by Lighted Lake Press, Kansas, USA.

– Press Release by Contemporary Literary Review India

In Search Of The Lambs: And Other Stories : Characters looking for love, hope and peace; The ten stories searching beauty and deep emotions.

Authored by Divyank J, ‘In Search Of The Lambs‘ seamlessly weaves together diverse perspectives, offering readers a kaleidoscopic view of the human condition during tumultuous times.

The book ‘In Search Of The Lambs‘ is a collection of ten short stories, nine of set in India, predominantly during the Covid-19 era. Each story is unique and different from the other and do not follow the storyline of the other, yet share some common themes which bind the collection together. They takes the readers on a captivating journey where characters within these tales seek love, hope, and peace amidst challenging circumstances.

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From a soldier re-evaluating boundaries to a husband navigating marriage through a dog’s anxiety, from nine year old girl going to immerse her mother’s ashes into the holy water to a nine year old boy who accompanies his migrant labourer father on a journey during lockdown. each story offers profound insights. Divyank weaves ordinary lives with extraordinary revelations, exploring themes of isolation and loneliness. This literary collection provides thought-provoking narratives that delve into the human condition, challenging assumptions, and posing critical questions.

Why Should You Read ‘In Search Of The Lambs

  • Thought-Provoking Insights: Each story unfolds with deep emotional resonance, prompting readers to contemplate the complexities of human experience.
  • Uncomfortable Truths: Divyank J. fearlessly explores uncomfortable truths, challenging readers to confront the harsh realities that shape the lives of his characters.
  • Characters Facing Critical Decisions: The anthology presents characters at crossroads, making decisions that redefine their lives, creating a gripping narrative that keeps readers engaged.
  • Cultural Exploration: For Western readers, the stories offer a rare and enriching insight into an Eastern world, fostering a greater understanding of diverse perspectives.
  • Shared Humanity: Through diverse tales, the book emphasizes the universal nature of human struggles and aspirations, fostering empathy and connection.

In Search Of The Lambs‘ is more than a collection of stories; it’s a mirror reflecting the myriad emotions, struggles, and resilience of individuals navigating the uncharted waters of the pandemic. Each narrative is a poignant exploration of the human spirit, encapsulating the universal experiences of love, loss, hope, and transformation. Characters from the book like Omar and Jamal from ‘A Long March Home’, Divya from ‘Dead River’, Jakie the dog from ‘Seperation Anxiety’, Diyon from ‘A City On Fire’, An unnamed, young commanding officer from ‘In Search Of The Lambs’ will resonate with you and stay with you days after finishing the book.

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Readers are invited to immerse themselves in the world of ‘In Search Of The Lambs,’ where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the familiar is seen through a new lens. As the characters grapple with the challenges of the pandemic, they unveil profound truths about resilience, humanity, and the interconnectedness of our shared experiences. If you crave fiction with depth, uncomfortable truths, and compelling characters, don’t miss this mesmerizing journey.

About the author

Born and brought up in a small town Ogna, near Udaipur City, surrounded by Aravali hills, all Divyank J had seen in childhood were mountains, rivers, farms and lives of locals. That’s what his writing reflects; the beauty and complexity of an ordinary life. Twelve years ago shifting from Ogna to Udaipur City for higher education brought a drastic change in his life. He first hand witnessed the heartbreaking contrast between these two lives. One of the ten stories in this collection ‘Back To Darkness’ is based on this idea. Currently he resides in Udaipur with his wife and a daughter, teaches accountancy to the young students. He is a CA Finalist, but prefers to call himself a drop out now.

Divyank Jain calls himself a daydreamer, studies Art and is fascinated by various literary theories and spends hours analysing them. “It is between the lines an author weaves the spells of magic,” Divyank believes. He tries to reinforce ‘Ice-Berg-Theory’ propagated the late Mr. Ernest Hemingway in his minimalist writing. Divyank J believes that literature must keep evolving as there are always newer challenges for it to face i.e. tools like ChatGPT that is killing an artist’s originality, but he also thinks a good literature must be deeply rooted in the traditional values. ‘If literature doesn’t make you a better human being, nothing will.’ He emphasis on reading as much as possible, especially the literary masters. The list of his favourite writers/poets include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jk Rowling, Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Salman Rushdie. Whenever he feels demotivated in life he spends time with his dog, Nanu and reads/listen to the classic poem ‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling.

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