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.
Arpita Bhawal is a writer,
blogger and guest columnist based out of India. Her first short story, ‘The Birthday Party’, was
published in 2009 as part of an anthology (The Shrinking Woman and Other Stories) by Unison
Publishers. While her day job involves writing ‘serious stuff’ in the corporate
world, her first love remains fiction. Arpita graduated with Honours in
English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta. Vices of Eden is her first anthology of short stories.