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Unaccustomed Earth / Jhumpa Lahiri

We have received the following praise for the above:

Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display in this collection: the gorgeous, effortless prose; the characters haunted by regret, isolation, loss, and tragedies big and small; and most of all, a quiet, emerging sense of humanity.

-Khaled Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner

Pulitzer Prize winning Lahiri returns with her highly anticipated second collection exploring the inevitable tension brought on by family life. The title story takes on a young mother nervously hosting her widowed father, who is visiting between trips he takes with a lover he has kept secret from his family. What could have easily been a melodramatic soap opera is instead a meticulously crafted piece that accurately depicts the intricacies of the father-daughter relationship. In a departure from Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri divides this book into two parts, devoting the second half to Hema and Kaushik, three stories that together tell the story of a young man and woman who meet as children and reunite years later halfway around the world. The author's ability to flesh out completely even minor characters in every story, and especially in this trio of stories, is what will keep readers invested in the work until its heartbreaking conclusion. Recommended for all public libraries.

-Sybil Kollappallil, Library Journal

The tight arc of a story is perfect for Lahiri's keen sense of life's abrupt and powerful changes, and her avid eye for telling details. This collection's five powerful stories and haunting triptych of tales about the fates of two Bengali families in America map the perplexing hidden forces that pull families asunder and undermine marriages. 'Unaccustomed Earth, ' the title story, dramatizes the divide between immigrant parents and their American-raised children, and is the first of several scathing inquiries into the lack of deep-down understanding and trust in a marriage between a Bengali and a non-Bengali. An inspired miniaturist, Lahiri creates a lexicon of loaded images. A hole burned in a dressy skirt suggests vulnerability and the need to accept imperfection. Van Eyck's famous painting, The Arnolfini Marriage, is a template for a tale contrasting marital expectations with the reality of familial relationships. A collapsed balloon is emblematic of failure. A lost bangle is shorthand for disaster. Lahiri's emotionally and culturally astute short stories (ideal for people with limited time for pleasure reading and a hunger for serious literature) are surprising, aesthetically marvelous, and shaped by a sure and provocative sense of inevitability. Lahiri writes insightfully about childhood, while the romantic infatuations and obstacles to true love will captivate teens.

-Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred)

Stunning . . . The gulf that separates expatriate Bengali parents from their American--raised children-and that separates the children from India-remains Lahiri's subject for this follow-up to Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake. In the title story, Brooklyn-to-Seattle

Synopsis:

Exploring the secrets and complexities lying at the heart of family life and relationships, a collection of eight stories includes the

Synopsis:

From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize winning

Synopsis:

These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Unaccustomed earth — Hell-heaven — A choice of accommodations — Only goodness — Nobody's business — Hema and Kaushik — Once in a lifetime — Year's end — Going ashore.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268686
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Author:
Lahiri, Jhumpa
Author:
Jhumpa Lahiri
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Bengali (South Asian people)
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Bengali Americans
Subject:
Bengali (South Asian people) - United States
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Sale Books
Subject:
Sale Books-Literature
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
333

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Product details 333 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307268686 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Exploring the secrets and complexities lying at the heart of family life and relationships, a collection of eight stories includes the
"Synopsis" by , From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize winning
"Synopsis" by , These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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