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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Jun 12, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in June, 2010

In Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri continues her tradition of writing about American-raised children of Bengali parents and the disconnect between generations. Eight stories focus on a daughter who experiences anxiety and doubt about asking her widower father to move into her home; the alcoholism of a younger brother over the span of a decade or longer; a series of stories linking two American-raised children of Bengali parents who, although leading separate lives, are drawn together time and time again. Lahiri's themes of depression resulting from the disconnect of generations, loss of identity, and the attempt to find oneself echo throughout the book.
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