ARC Review: My Father Drank My Lover and Other Stories by Ashok K. Banker (

An eclectic collection of short stories inspired by mythology, fantasy, sci-fi and the paranormal.

A bag travels the universe looking for evil, bigoted civilizations to consume. The machinations of a dark and terrible goddess lead to unexpected outcomes. A girl child is married off in a technologically advanced dystopic world steeped in prejudice and intolerance. A desperate mother tries to bring her children back to nature from a digital existence.

In each of these stories and more, Ashok Banker assaults the senses through shock and awe. Exploring overarching themes of love, feminism, equality and social justice, these eleven refreshingly original works of imagination are powerful, dark and haunting.

Published in a collection for the first time in India, the tales are macabre yet stunning, honest parables of our world.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Harper Collins India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

The title of the book itself had me in stitches, so I definitely went in with high expectations and honestly, I really wasn’t disappointed.

My Father Drank My Lover & Other Stories is a collection of stories that will blow your mind – the foundation of all these stories are actually realistic but its the way that they have been handled, that will keep you engrossed right till the end.

All the stories will have a fantastical theme – from a mythological one, to science fiction, to dystopian yet they will all have a message and a lesson for you!

As with all the collection of stories; there are some that I absolutely fell in love with and others I enjoyed – but all of them had my interest and my fascination; from start till finish. And every story also showed how immensely creative the author’s imagination actually is.

But every story in this book could have fallen flat if not for the writing style of the author – which simple in it’s execution but has the ability to engross the reader from start till the end!

This was a wonderful read, especially for the times when I wanted to something new to cleanse my reading palette!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5



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