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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Dec 19, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: borrowed-library, fiction, short-stories

I really liked her first two books, and had high hopes for this one. Somehow though, things just didn't come together here. Partly it's that some of the themes in Lahiri's stories -- the Bengali immigrant experience, the insularity of academic life, the landscape around Boston, Americanized children's distaste for annual trips to Calcutta -- present in her earlier work, are repeated ad nauseum in this collection. While she is still able to paint these scenarios really well -- especially her stock in trade, children who are ashamed of themselves for being ashamed of their parents -- I would love to see her do something really different in her next work.

Also disappointing -- if you read the New Yorker, you'll have already read like half of this book before you even open it!

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