A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness: Stories, by Jai Chakrabarti

A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness: Stories, by Jai Chakrabarti

**This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for an update!

Admission: $18 | Books: $29 + tax

The Lessans Family Literary Series is thrilled to welcome Jai Chakrabarti, author of A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness: Stories, to our Book Festival.


In the fifteen masterful stories that make up this collection, Jai Chakrabarti crosses continents and cultures to explore what it means to cultivate a family today, across borders, religions, and race. Throughout, the characters’ most vulnerable desires shape life-altering decisions as they seek to balance their needs against those of the people they hold closest. The stories in A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness capture men and women struggling with transformation and familial bonds; they traverse the intersections of countries and cultures to illuminate what it means to love in uncertain times; and they showcase the skill of a storyteller who dazzles with the breadth of his vision.


Jai Chakrabarti is the author of the novel A Play for the End of the World (Knopf ’21), which won a National Jewish Book Award, was the Association of Jewish Libraries Honor Book, was short-listed for the Rabindranath Tagore Prize, and was long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award.  A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness was a Good Housekeeping Book of the Month and was recommended by the New Yorker and the NYTimes. His short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Electric Literature, A Public Space, Conjunctions, and elsewhere and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize and performed on Selected Shorts by Symphony Space. His nonfiction has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Writer’s Digest, Berfrois, and LitHub. He was an Emerging Writer Fellow with A Public Space and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College and is a trained computer scientist. Born in Kolkata, India, he now lives in New York with his family.

*Book will be available for purchase and the author will be signing after the event.