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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Jun 06, 2008

it was amazing
Read in June, 2008

This is better than her first collection, the Pulitzer Prize winning Interpreter of Maladies. Much better than her novel, Namesake. This short story collection shows her growth as a writer–the influence of having written a novel, of having lived life, of taking her time, of ever growing confidence. Her sentences are impeccable, each line is critical path, the pacing spot on, the characters tragic and beautiful. This collection is FANTASTIC. I loved it, especially the 2nd part about Hema and Kaushik, which made me weep.

And I don’t weep as a reader very often at all.

But heads up: she treads the same themes as in her previous books: 2nd generation Bengalis ambivalent about their heritage...Bengali women wistful about their position in life...1st generation Bengali men stoic strong and misunderstood, etc., etc.
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Elizabeth I can't wait to read it! I loved the one I read in the New Yorker a few months ago.


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