Anita Morris

Toronto, Canada

Anita Morris

Toronto, Canada

Born in India to a Bengali Hindu mother and Californian Jewish father, I spent my formative years in Poona where I attended catholic school, learned Indian classical dance, played with friends, organized school events, and studied only when absolutely necessary. In 1998, I arrived in Toronto, Canada, via California, France, England, and the American Midwest.

In my youth, I used to worry about being different, about not fitting in. Age, spouse, children, friends, and life in Toronto have helped put matters in perspective.

I am working on a collection of stories, "Bee Stings," set variously in the Indian subcontinent and North America. The tales offers layered portraits of families and couples who, buffeted by the vicissitudes of life, come together and apart. In marital difficulty, infertility, inter-generational conflict, and loneliness, the characters navigate a path between cultural expectations and their private longings.

I am also working on a novel, "Upstairs Wife, Downstairs Wife," and a memoir of my childhood on two continents titled "Lost & Found."