Faculty Ellen Akins Reviews Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
There are monsters who slip through wormholes, or slits between worlds; there are battles and set pieces, in Fairyland and on Earth; there are sometimes ridiculous, sometimes hilarious comic turns; stories within stories; riddles within tales within legends. And there is Salman Rushdie, manic Scheherazade, assuming all the voices, playing all the parts, making a mad kind of sense of it all.
Ellen Akins is the author of the novels Home Movie, Little Woman, Public Life, and Hometown Brew, and the short story collection World Like a Knife. She has published short stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The Southwest Review, which (the last two) awarded her their biennial short fiction awards, and the online publications Perigee and Serving House Journal, as well as a review essay in the Hopkins Review. She has published reviews in numerous venues, from the New York Times Book Review and the Los Angeles Time Book Review to the Chicago Sun-Times, and is a frequent contributor to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Akins teaches fiction writing in the MFA Program in Creative Writing.