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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: own, short-stories

Lahiri's third book, her second collection of short stories features the same painful insights seen from the perspective of first generation immigrants living among the academic elite in Boston and New York. She displays a remarkable ability to convey the angst of individuals existing in two cultures, at home in neither, and she writes exceptionally well from the the perspectives of both men and women.

I enjoy her stories more than I liked her novel. I realized that is because when the characters in a novel make poor choices, you have to live with their choices for the remainder of the novel, whereas poor choices in a short story can be swept away by the end of the story. This is important with Lahiri's writing as there are no happy endings. Nevertheless, like P.G. Wodehouse, she can make each of her works memorable, in spite of the similarities in situations and settings.

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