Sue Q.’s October Recommendation

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

“This volume contains 8 short stories about the challenges of two generations of Bengali immigrants to America as they struggle to build normal, secure lives.  However, their experiences of unmet parental expectations, sibling rivalry, childhood guilt, and marital disappointments transcend their ethnic background.  The setbacks and conflicts that emerge would be recognizable in any American family.  Lahiri captures the essence and frailty of personal relationships in her well-written and    tightly crafted stories.”

Review from The New York Times: “As she did in her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of stories Interpreter of Maladies (1999) and her dazzling 2003 novel The Namesake, Ms. Lahiri writes about these people in Unaccustomed Earth with an intimate knowledge of their conflicted hearts, using her lapidary eye for detail to conjure their daily lives with extraordinary precision: the faint taste of coconut in the Nice cookies that a man associates with his dead wife; the Wonder Bread sandwiches, tinted green with curry, that a Bengali mother makes for her embarrassed daughter to take to school. A Chekhovian sense of loss blows through these new stories: a reminder of Ms. Lahiri’s appreciation of the wages of time and mortality and her understanding too of the missed connections that plague her husbands and wives, parents and children, lovers and friends.”

You can find this title in the library under SS LAHIRI.  Find this title in the library catalog.

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