"The word for Mary Anne's writing: delicious. It is also rich, inventive, full of unexpected moods and tastes -- by turns funny, poignant, strange, familiar, pungent, mournful, thrilling, stark. Like a dish of something wonderful: dig in."A new collection drawing from the many areas of Mary Anne Mohanraj's work, Silence and the Word includes within its pages everything from enticing erotica to Sri Lankan-American immigrant stories, from provocative essays to romantic poetry. Covering the seven years since the publication of her last collection, Torn Shapes of Desire, this book offers the reader both old work and new, from award-winning stories such as "A Gentle Man," to never-before-published pieces like "At the Gates of the City" and "Exposure."
-- Benjamin Rosenbaum, author of Other Cities
"Mary Anne Mohanraj's writing is just like the writer herself: graceful, exotic, and full of boundless energy. Readers will find it a treat to get to know her."
-- Cecilia Tan, author of Black Feathers
Within these pages, Mohanraj boldly explores sexuality, ethnicity, and their interactions with the human heart. If you're a long-time fan, you'll be thrilled to finally have so much of her work finally collected in one place; if you're a new reader, prepare to be emotionally engaged, possibly aroused, and certainly fascinated by what you're about to read.
"Mary Anne Mohanraj writes clear, well-built, and finely finished short fiction and poetry -- and what she writes is often filled with highly charged sexual romanticism."
-- Penthouse Forum
"Mary Anne has a mischievous, sexy, thoughtful, smart, erudite brain, and I'm so glad that she sometimes shares its thoughts with the rest of the world."
-- Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads