Coinman #1 in the Asian American Bestseller list of eBooks

Coinman is #1 today in Asian American Literature category. Thanks to all the readers who made this possible!

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Here are some of the critics’ reviews:

“A funny, unusual read …”
~Kirkus Reviews

“This articulate, wryly amusing creation focuses on simple situations that often have an unexpected, almost magical, twist.”
~IndieReader, 5 Stars

“A quirky, heartfelt novel about finding your identity – and keeping it. In Pawan Mishra’s oddly charming novel, readers are welcomed into the strangely neurotic, passionate, and unfulfilled existence of Coinman. The author raises the banality of normal life to new heights within this novel, and does so in an amusing and thought-provoking way. The story is uniquely enjoyable, and Coinman is a character that will be hard to forget.”
~SPR, 4 Stars

“The book is a brilliant linguistic muddle and a stunning display of stylistic somersaults. The style of the novel is an intricate mosaic fashioned with care.”
~The Bibulous Bibliobiuli, 5 Stars

“This story holds its own in the story world.”
~Ana Elise Meyer, Author of “Marie”

“This story was a breath of fresh air to read. The writing is superb and the characters are amazingly original. The author weaves together humor and insight into the nature of humanity to create a masterful piece. A must read!”
~Sara Angelo, Author of “Drift”

“Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy” receives 5 stars from Indie Reader

Here is the review:

The anti-hero known as “Coinman” is an irritating co-worker, an inattentive husband, a not-so-dutiful son…yet his apparent lack of love conquers all.
Coinman (his real name is Kesar) gets his nickname for his disturbing habit of constantly jingling coins that “occupied an eternal place in the left pocket of his trousers and…constantly slithered through the narrow space between his fingers.” Driven nuts by this annoying quirk, his coworkers begin slowly inching their desks away from him, a tactic that Coinman counters by measuring the progress of their retreat with tape and markers. They then instigate a series of increasingly hostile pranks designed to get him fired.

Set in India, COINMAN is narrated by Sesha, a storyteller who interjects his commentary at the beginning and end. The novel’s office scenes satisfyingly satirize the inner workings of a tight-knit bureaucracy: the irrelevant meetings, the arbitrary policies, the workers’ fears of management. But it is not only at work that Coinman’s odd personality arouses concern. His mother worries that he will never find a wife. When he finally does, his bride spends the first few weeks of their marriage weeping ceaselessly, then turns her attention to her own pursuit—the theater—having accepted that Coinman is not interested in producing offspring.

For all its darker aspects, this episodic work is curiously lighthearted, concluding on a positive note, with the bureaucracy working for, rather than against Coinman, and the subtle intervention of a famous guru working mystically on his marriage.

The author of this gentle parody of human frailty, Pawan Mishra, is an Indian residing in the US who states in a Foreword that his love of folktales began in childhood, hearing older relatives tell “bedtime stories that were never written down.” This articulate, wryly amusing creation focuses on simple situations that often have an unexpected, almost magical, twist. Mishra has taken what could have been a tragic tale of bullying, workplace harassment, even violence, and deftly transmuted it into a droll parable. In COINMAN, he has fashioned an archetypal folk hero who, seemingly oblivious to the criticism and opposition all around him, gets his way as it had been planned all along.

COINMAN, a thoroughly modern Indian folktale, presents a humorous portrait of a nonconformist who triumphs without trying.

~IndieReader

– See more at: http://indiereader.com/2016/04/social-commentary-highlighted-through-a-curmudgeons-antics-in-coinman/

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