Scribbler's Corner at River of Grass

Sohrab Homi Fracis: An Immigrant's Perspective on Place

July 08, 2019 Season 1 Episode 9
Scribbler's Corner at River of Grass
Sohrab Homi Fracis: An Immigrant's Perspective on Place
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Scribbler's Corner at River of Grass
Sohrab Homi Fracis: An Immigrant's Perspective on Place
Jul 08, 2019 Season 1 Episode 9
Darlyn Finch Kuhn
Award-winning writer discusses how his youth in Mumbai, and emigration to the United States shaped his writing
Show Notes

Sometimes it's hard to know who your friends are, even when there aren't any cultural barriers to overcome. In his work, Sohrab Homi Fracis documents his experience as an Indian immigrant adapting to American culture—the good, the bad, and the ugly—in the 1980s. Fracis, who now calls Jacksonville home, has gone on to gain recognition for his excellent work, but he walks through life with a perspective inextricably tied to his Asian roots, and the hostility of some Americans to anyone who looks or speaks differently than them.

Fracis was the first Asian author to win the Iowa Short Fiction Award, which was for his 2001 collection, Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America. The book was also a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction. A novella Adaptation of Ticket to Minto was a finalist in Screencraft’s Cinematic Story Contest.

Fracis’s 2017 novel, Go Home, was a finalist in the International Book Awards: Multicultural Fiction category, and it brought him the South Asian Literary Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. The novel was shortlisted by Stanford University for the 2018 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His novel excerpt, “Distant Vision,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.