Rupa Maitra


Rupa Maitra’s début collection of short stories lures us into diverse worlds.

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Some of Rupa Maitra’s stories spring from her background in music and medicine, some from her Bengali heritage — and all from a vivid imagination:

  • An inquisitive lab assistant, trampled by everyone, finally stands up for himself
  • A lonely Wadestown nanny finds solace in the kind actions of one of her charges
  • A disgraced doctor leaves medicine and becomes reclusive, taking up painting
  • Life unravels for a narcissistic professor
  • A child of immigrants explores what resonates when he has to examine his roots
  • Faced with the death of a friend, an elderly spinster reveals a long-held secret
  • A violinist relives grisly memories while playing for Prokofiev’s Cinderella
  • A woman’s sanity is tested as she becomes progressively more sleep-deprived.

About the author

Rupa Maitra, born in Dunedin, completed a degree in violin performance, then studied medicine. She continued to play violin in orchestras when she moved to Wellington and specialised in pathology, taking a break to have children. In 2014 Rupa completed a masters degree in creative writing at Victoria University. She lives in Wellington with three other musicians — her husband Donald, and daughters Lucy and Gemma.

Additional information

Dimensions 138 × 200 mm