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A young woman who can smell dead people desperately seeks recognition for her gift. A mother consumed with envy denies her daughter justice against a capital crime. A dyslexic orphan who floats through life in the shadow of her aunt hopes to grasp a piece of paradise. A middle-aged spinster possessed in physical love craves for a divine union. The socialite who nearly successfully battles her shopping addiction faces an unexpected roadblock to recovery.
Vices of Eden, Arpita Bhawal’s debut short story collection, is based on the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath and Sloth, and the Last Four Things: Death, Judgment, Hell and Heaven. The stories explore the complex and conflicting relationship women have with sin in our contemporary world. Vices of Eden reveals fragments and shades of every woman’s life story, filled with passion, desperation and hope.