Unaccustomed Earth

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 1, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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User Review  - abergsman - LibraryThing

Part Two, Hema and Kaushik is the gem of this short story collection. Whereas the first five stories are independent of each other, the last three are intimately connected, both beautiful and tragic. Read full review

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User Review  - quaintlittlehead - LibraryThing

This book of short stories (and one novella) is a breath of fresh air. It tells the tales of a number of (mostly) Bengali immigrants to the United States, but the heritage that binds them is far less ... Read full review

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Unaccustomed Earth
A Choice of Accommodations
Only Goodness
Nobodys Business
Once in a Lifetime
Years End
Going Ashore 2 94

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About the author (2008)

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of MaladiesThe NamesakeUnaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and a work of nonfiction, In Other Words. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the PEN/Malamud Award; the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, for In altre parole.

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