Monday, June 10, 2013

Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth: Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri

A daughter’s rebellion, a son’s downward spiral into self-destruction, and a mother's grief: these are just some of the carefully concocted stories that find their way seamlessly into the pages of Jhumpa Lahiri’s third book, Unaccustomed Earth. The Pulitzer prize-winning author, known for her previous works Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake, which was made into a film and screened right here at the Bookshelf Cinema, returns with another collection of short stories, once again dealing with stories of human experiences, identity crisis, and hardships of Indian immigration.

Written in the delicate, fragile manner that Lahiri has become best known for, the stories center around the lives of Bengali immigrants and their children. Part one returns to the format of Lahiri’s first short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, while part two is split into three stories describing the tale of two families over a period of thirty years. The stories showcased in this third book once again show Lahiri at her absolute best, leaving the reader with a deep attachment to all of the characters, desperately wanting more. Highly recommended.

- Jag Raina

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