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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074759659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747596592
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Unaccustomed Earth, her latest collection of stories, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a New York Times Number One bestseller. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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'Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display ... gorgeous' Khaled Hosseini 'Probably the most influential writer of fiction in America' Financial Times 'Contains some of the best, most beautiful fiction written this decade - the kind that will be read 50 years from now' New Statesman 'It's difficult to think of a contemporary writer who gives her characters so much dignity ... Fiction of matchless restraint, yet also of rich, complex lives and credible characters' The Times

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am not usually a reader of short stories, but this book defied many of my prejudices. I loved it. Jhumpa Lahiri's writing is beautiful. With just a few paragraphs, she can immerse you in a story so that you end up feeling as satisfied as if you've read an entire novel. She also has a wonderful eye for detail and a way of describing everyday events or objects so you feel that you've never really thought about them in that way before.

There are eight stories in this book. The final three feature the same characters but the others stand alone. However they are all quite similar in that they feature highly educated Bengali Indians living in the US and often in mixed race relationships. There are also similar themes that repeat: learning to move on after losing a loved one or the relationships between parents and their adult children.

While I enjoyed all of the stories in this book, I was particularly moved by the first (Unaccustomed Earth) and the last (Going Ashore). They are the two in which I felt the most involved and really cared about the characters. I felt somewhat detached from the others (hence the 4 star rating). However I still enjoyed them and I recommend this book without hesitation - do not let the fact that it's short stories put you off!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JJF on 18 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a Third Culture Kid (TCK) myself, from India, I could completely relate to the characters, their feelings, behaviour, thoughts and relationship dynamics with others. There were traces of my father in Ruma's father; of both my parents in Sudha's parents. The most captivating sotires to me were Nobody's Business because of the simplicity and complexity of love reltaionships and Part Two - Hema and Kaushik's sotry.

H and K, unlike the characters in the other stories, are given longer to develop their love story. The reader lives through glimpses of their childhood, teen years and university life. All eventually leading to their professional lives where they come together and have a love affair. Even though one of them is living out of a suitcase and the ohter is engaged to be married.

Throughout the stories, Lahiri accurately captures the emotion and conflicts of Indian immigrants to the US and briefly to London. There is a melancholy underlying the characters and their various relationships with partners, friends, room-mates and parents as Lahiri brings out their longer to belong to someone or some place matched with their sense of detachment to people and places in different ways. In short, their book, like her first, is a must-read for every Indian immigrant and third culture kid out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Åkesson on 10 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Jhumpa Lahiri, winner of the Pulitzer Prize with her book The Interpreter of Maladies, continues to have one of modern fiction's most powerful voices.
The eight stories in her present book do not disappoint at all. They are wonderfully structured and are filled with acute psychological observations, eloquent writing and detailed descriptions. The main themes are about family secrets and relations. In one of them, there is the story of a widower who has a mistress and who prefers to keep it a secret from his daughter, in another, a married woman who falls platonically in love with a friend, in another, a sister who introduces her brother to alcoholism, in another, the story of a teen who cannot accept the father's new wife, etc.
Lahiri's stories of exile, identity, disappointment, bitterness, relations and maturation are brilliant and extremely realistic. Her language is aesthetically marvelous.

Joyce Åkesson, author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions and The Invitation (amazon.com)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trey bright on 11 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had previously read 'the Interpreter of maladies' and 'the namesake' and so was already a Jhumpa Lahiri fan. These stories are beautifully written, and the characters are credible and sympathetic. Her subject matter is mainly family life and its tensions, first and second generation Bengali immigrants to the US and the changes in cultural identity and lifestyle which occur from one to the other. But that is to simplify her scope; none of her characters are predictable or stereotypical, and their dilemmas cross cultural and racial boundaries. I found the stories very moving and would recommend them highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Discerning Reader on 6 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri who is better known for her book, made into a film, called Namesake. Although a collection of stories, the stories, some more than others, are more like novels. The last three stories in the book are linked. The author uses a quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne's book, The Custom House, to derive the title. The quote is thought provoking, but while there is the common thread of characters of Bengali origin in each one of the stories, they do not always bring out the thrust of the quote.

Jhumpa Lahiri is a good writer. The characters become vivid, the narrative flows, and often there is a shock ending . She has the ability to draw clearly characters of different ages, and of different backgrounds. Her focus is the complexities of human relations and particularly the engagements of people of Bengali origin in different contexts. This could be a set text for any student of immigrants and their settlement.

This book is definitely worth a read, although the reader may not always find the stories equally convincing. For instance, while the story entitled Unaccustomed Earth is brilliant, the thrust of A Choice of Accommodations is not clear. Hell Heaven is very moving, but many questions remain unanswered in Only Goodness. Writers often leave some loose threads so the reader can keep on thinking about situations described in the writing, but the reader does not always feel some scenarios described are credible. Yet the book makes you want to read more of Jhumpa Lahiri's work.
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