The Five Dollar Smile by Shashi Tharoor
And Other Stories

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A collection of short stories by the author of The Great Indian Novel reveals a strong sense of language and narrative development and deals with such subjects as the traumas of youth, deceit, death, and more.

About Shashi Tharoor

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Tharoor has worked for the United Nations since 1978 and is currently the executive assistant to Secretary General Kofi Annan. He graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and took his doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.
Published June 25, 1993 by Arcade Publishing. 175 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two stories--``The Village Girl'' and ``City Girl''--are updated versions of the old children's tale of ``The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse'': a sophisticated male student (in the first story) and a sophisticated young woman (in the second), both reluctantly visiting their respective family's ...

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Whether depicting a self-important police inspector who bungles a homicide investigation (``The Political Murder''), an orphan who feels manipulated by a child relief agency (``The Five-Dollar Smile''), or a college student who survives a scooter crash in which his friend dies (``The Pyre''), Tha...

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