All the Fishes Come Home to Roost An American Misfit in India

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  • Copyright: 2006-10-17
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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When she was seven, Rachel Manija Browns parents, post-60s hippies, uprooted her from her native California and moved to an ashram in a cobra-ridden, drought-stricken spot in India. Cavorting through these pages are some wonderfully eccentric characters: the ashram head, Meher Baba, best known as the guru to Pete Townshend of The Who; the librarian, who grunts and howls nightly outside Rachels window; a holy madman, who shuffles about collecting invisible objects; a middle-aged male virgin, who begs Rachel to critique his epic spiritual poems; and a delusional Russian who arrives at the ashram proclaiming he is Meher Baba reincarnated. Astutely observed and laugh-out-loud funny, this astonishing debut memoirnow available in paperbacksignals the arrival of a major new literary talent. The hardcover edition was named a Book Sense Pick and was selected as aBook of the Week by BN.coms Book Club.

Author Biography

RACHEL MANIJA BROWN, after returning from India, became the youngest person ever to receive an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. She has written for television, worked in TV/film development for the Jim Henson Company, and has won awards for playwriting, comedy writing, and literary criticism. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
CHAPTER 1: An Officer and a Gnome 3(11)
CHAPTER 2: Toad Mahal 14(10)
CHAPTER 3: Johnny Rebeck's Machine 24(11)
CHAPTER 4: The Kaliyuga Age 35(11)
CHAPTER 5: Another Arti 46(10)
CHAPTER 6: The Face in the Tree 56(8)
CHAPTER 7: Grunting Scales 64(4)
CHAPTER 8: First Day at Holy Wounds 68(8)
CHAPTER 9: The Sidewalk of Meaninglessness 76(7)
CHAPTER 10: The Grand Illusion 83(6)
CHAPTER 11: Stone and Sand at Holy Wounds 89(11)
CHAPTER 12: Alice's Market 100(10)
CHAPTER 13: A Jolly Good Read 110(4)
CHAPTER 14: Assembly at Holy Wounds 114(4)
CHAPTER 15: Without a Single Marathi Vowel 118(27)
INTERLUDE I: 1990: Like a Virgin
CHAPTER 16: Raja Naag 145(9)
CHAPTER 17: Fourteen at Holy Wounds 154(6)
CHAPTER 18: The Adolescent Girl 160(6)
CHAPTER 19: Bat Family Brown 166(6)
CHAPTER 20: A Hero at Holy Wounds 172(24)
INTERLUDE II: 2000: Shivaji's Faithful Dog
CHAPTER 21: Night Train to Bombay 196(10)
CHAPTER 22: A Shared Delusion 206(12)
CHAPTER 23: On the Road with the Grandpas A 218(10)
CHAPTER 24: Down the Wet Path 228(7)
CHAPTER 25: Harold Birmingham's Noxious Rays 235(15)
CHAPTER 26: 101 Things to Do with a Baked Potato 250(23)
INTERLUDE III: 2002: Family Portrait
CHAPTER 27: The Sukiyaki Sisters 273(7)
CHAPTER 28: An Accident at Holy Wounds 280(12)
CHAPTER 29: Not a Sparrow Falls... 292(7)
CHAPTER 30: Carla's Dragons 299(5)
CHAPTER 31: Will 304(6)
CHAPTER 32: The Way of the Warrior 310(4)
CHAPTER 33: All the Fishes Come Home to Roost 314(3)
CHAPTER 34: Home 317
INTERLUDE IV: 2004: Thanks for the Happy Childhood

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