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Rishi Reddi’s first novel, Passage West, is an addition to this body of writing.

Battered and bruised both physically and psychologically, he arrives at the invitation of his friend, Karak Singh Gill, who has built a life in California.

Through Karak Singh, he befriends Jivan Singh Gill, a community leader who helps newcomers find their feet in California.

Through different strands of the plot, the narrative examines pivotal moments in South Asian American history in California.

Overall, this novel is commendable for its attention to historical elements and for foregrounding the early twentieth century South Asian immigrant narrative.

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