Robbie Clipper Sethi

A genial account of how people's lives cross and combine to create cultures: one of the best multicultural sagas to come along in a long while.

Kirkus Reviews

Fans of The Bride Wore Red will love Sethi's gem of a novel about complex multicultural relationships. . . Sethi's lively writing makes the characters' individual stories sing. A fun book from a small press hitherto unknown to me.

Reader review, Amazon.com

Sethi's second novel is a clever, daring, and sharply insightful panorama of a family's struggle to transcend the inevitable entropy of the family structure . . . we are given not only a powerful and profound lesson on culture, spirituality, and imperialism, but a carefully sharp and gripping portrayal of the universal struggles that all humans share. . . these tales intertwine in a way that is brilliant and wholly fulfilling. No stone is left unturned, and the reader is left with a mosaic of human existence that is much more than a "multicultural" tale, but a beautiful and frightening commentary on the universal struggle against loneliness, responsibility, identity, and alienation.

Reader review, Amazon.com

Told with startling compassion and insight, this novel offers a complex and realistic view of what it means to be an immigrant. Sethi writes with a no-nonsense style; however, the moments she chooses to reveal are lyrical. I could not help feeling for every one of these displaced individuals. By the time I finished FIFTY-FIFTY, I did not want to leave these self-exiled characters who, despite all that they have suffered, continue to harbor hope. I highly recommend this for readers of literary fiction and those interested in cross-cultural and immigrant issues.

Reader review, Amazon.com

Selected Works

Fiction
This is my most recently published novel.
Tales of a Cross-Cultural Family. This is my first published novel. It made me a Barnes and Noble Great New Writer for the summer, 1996.
This is a novel about a group of high school graduates, between high school and college in 1969, who call up the dead and deal with the consequences.
This is a novel about Patricia Paula Sikorski who becomes St. Cecilia of a very prolific rock and roll group, The Spheres in the seventies, eighties, and nineties.
Poetry
This is one of the poems written for Harry Naar's pen and ink drawings.
This is one of the two poems written for artist Harry Naar's pen and ink drawings