Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

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These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.




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About Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of three previous works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake and, most recently, Unaccustomed Earth. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.






























Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY






























Author Hometown: London; Rhode Island
 
Published April 1, 2008 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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The gulf that separates expatriate Bengali parents from their American-raised children—and that separates the children from India—remains Lahiri's subject for this follow-up to <EMPHASIS TYPE=

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The New York Times

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In these stories, Jhumpa Lahiri writes about Indian immigrants and their American-reared children with an intimate knowledge of their conflicted hearts, using her lapidary eye for detail to conjure their daily lives with extraordinary precision.

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The New York Times

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The underlying theme of Jhumpa Lahiri’s sensitive new collection of stories is the fact that America is still a place where the rest of the world comes to reinvent itself.

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The Guardian

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Bloomsbury £14.99, pp352 Fiction is nothing but a narrator's intelligent attention to the play of human feelings, but in the stories of Jhumpa Lahiri, that attention takes a distinctive, refined form.

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The Guardian

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Though many writers have included the events of 9/11 in their sto...

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri 352pp, Bloomsbury, £14.99 Devastated by his mother's death and his father's acquisition of a replacement bride, Kaushik, a protagonist in Jhumpa Lahiri's latest collection of short stories, storms out of the wealthy suburbs of Massachusetts.

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Publishers Weekly

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The gulf that separates expatriate Bengali parents from their American-raised children—and that separates the children from India—remains Lahiri's subject for this follow-up to Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake .

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BC Books

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Traditional obedience and arranged marriages come under stress in the new country, but ultimately, as one reads in stories of cancer, heartbreak, and loss, Bengalis and their tight-knit communities adapt to dealing with universal sorrows as well as foreign ones, like alcoholism.

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BC Books

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Even small things – a glass of Johnny Walker (a brand which appears a dozen or so times in this book, and is always a symbol of decadent Westernizing), make-up, an accent – are scrutinized and judged.

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NPR

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Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth, a new collection of short stories that chronicles the cultural alienation that exists between Indian-born parents and their American-born children.

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NPR

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Jhumpa Lahiri offers a new collection of stories exploring the rich terrain of Bengali-American life. The book is the third from the Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Book Reporter

Jhumpa Lahiri's first short story collection, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES, won the Pulitzer Prize.

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AV Club

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The latest from the author of The Namesake visits familiar ground with admirable grace.

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AV Club

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Eventually, someday, Jhumpa Lahiri is going to have to stop writing exclusively about Bengali expats adapting to America, or she'll risk falling into a rut.

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Entertainment Weekly

But the short, sad saga of Hema and Kaushik is nonetheless a masterfully written and powerful drama.

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USA Today

Unaccustomed Earth is Jhumpa Lahiri's stunning follow to her 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story collection Interpreter of Maladies and her 2003 novel, The Namesake.

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Pajiba

It too takes meaning from glimpses into the smaller moments of people’s lives and approaches realism by not supplying any stories with complete and final endings, but there was a certain charm, grace, warmth, or even humanity, to his writing that gave it a purpose — all things I thought were lack...

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Pajiba

They tend to go by too quickly, so by the time I get involved with the characters and story, it's over and I'm already struggling to ground myself in the next story.

Sep 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Unaccustomed Earth

BookPage

Five years later, Kaushik's father has entered into an arranged marriage with a woman some 20 years his junior and the mother of two children, and in "Year's End" Kaushik recounts his struggle to accept the new domestic arrangement.

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20Something Reads

Her stories, unlike those of many of the (at times) self-indulgent post-modern story practitioners working today, unfold slowly, gradually, into miniature works of great beauty and profundity.

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About.com Bestsellers

Lahiri returns to the short story format in Unaccustomed Earth, a collection of short stories that deal with loosely-related stories: families from the Bengali state in India who have moved to America to pursue careers and raise their children.

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Glamour

It's not like the Jane Austen Book Club (a novel that, seriously, I read about three months ago.

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