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Author Sejal Shah on her new book, "How to Make Your Mother Cry: Fictions"

Two smiling people wearing headphones sit in a radio talk studio: A woman at left has her dark hair tied back and is wearing a grey sweater and black top. She is holding a book titled, "How to Make Your Mother Cry;" a man at right has short dark hair and is wearing a black button-down shirt
Gary Pudup
Sejal Shah on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, June 3, 2024
A smiling man with short dark hair wearing a blue button-down shirt and a grey blazer. He is holding a pair of eyeglasses. The word "Connections" appears on the left side of the photo in vertical letters.

In her new book, "How to Make Your Mother Cry: Fictions," Rochester native Sejal Shah explores love, loss, friendship, family, and memory.

The collection of stories and letters about growing up and living as a Gujarati woman is raw and bold, while also beautiful and poetic. Some of the stories are love letters to Rochester.

This hour, we talk with Shah about her work, her process, and what she learned (and what she wants readers to learn) about resilience and finding meaning.

Our guest:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.