I really love Jhumpa Lahiri's voice in this collection of short fiction. Her prose is unpretentious, smooth, detailed, unassuming, and manages to express intense emotion in as few words as possible. There is no clutter here, every detail is important, and many times it's the seemingly insignificant details that provide a wealth of characterization. I found myself pausing to reflect and appreciate her writing as I crossed these passages. Each story is valuable. Most are excellent, and only a couple fall short---but even these are good. While she writes through the vantage points of a wide variety of characters, these stories are grounded in their search for authentic human connections in foreign lands. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, it's amazing to consider that this is Jhumpa Lahiri's first book.