Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

unaccustomed_earthI don’t normally read short stories but I make exception for this compilation from author Jhumpa Lahiri because no one crafts characters better than she does.  In Unaccustomed Earth, she focuses on family life and matters of the heart.  In one story, a father who is a recent widower and retiree, travels to visit his daughter and her family.  The daughter has moved away from traditional Indian culture and her relationship with her father is in turmoil because of it.  Lahiri’s books The Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake are excellent too.  Lahiri is a gifted writer.

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2 thoughts on “Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

  1. I have to keep a notepad next to the desktop now that I’ve found you Viv…I do, at times, like short stories because I have a hard time putting books down and a good short adds to the possibility of getting to sleep before the sun rises. 🙂

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  2. You know it’s ironic . . . I’ll be reading in bed, one of my favorite things to do . . . and fighting sleep like nobody’s business, but the second I put the book down and turn off the light I’m wide awake with my newfound friend INSOMNIA. So if I find a book that’s a keeper, and I can keep my eyes open, I usually just go with it and keep reading all night. Or, I turn off the light and pretend to sleep for awhile before I get up and start the process all over again.

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