What does it mean to be one of the thousands of migrant workers whose labor allows modern metropolises like Dubai and Abu Dhabi to prosper? This novel (or story collection where all the tales are fragments of a grander narrative arc) has answers in spades. Some pieces simply, evocatively list occupations. Others spin wild, disturbing, and literally shape-shifting allegories from their fragile existences. Unnikrishnan has been compared to George Saunders for good reason -- he has the same social acuity, the same dark magic, and the same comic spark.
Temporary People - Deepak Unnikrishnan