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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Jul 25, 09

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-fiction
Read in July, 2009

Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri, narrated by Matilda Novak, produced by Highbridge Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a group of short stories which precede the author’s wonderful gift of translating generational divides between immigrants from India and their totally Americanized children.

Publisher’s note:
With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children
arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters
seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. A blackout forces a young Indian American couple to make confessions that unravel their tattered
domestic peace. An Indian-American girl recognizes her cultural identity during a Halloween celebration while the Pakastani civil war rages on television
in the background. A latchkey kid with a single working mother finds affinity with a woman from Calcutta. In the title story, an interpreter guides an
American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, these stories
speak with passion and wisdom to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner. Like the interpreter of the title story, Lahiri translates between the strict
traditions of her ancestors and a baffling new world.
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