Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

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By (author) Jhumpa Lahiri

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Format: Paperback | 198 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 039592720X
  • ISBN 13: 9780395927205
  • Sales rank: 19,117

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A debut collection of short fiction blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture in such tales as A Temporary Matter, in which a young Indian-American couple confronts their grief over the loss of a child, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly black

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"[Lahiri] announces herself as a wonderfully distinctive new voice. Indeed, Ms. Lahiri's prose is so eloquent and assured that the reader easily forgets the 'Interpreter of Maladies' is a young writer's first book...Ms. Lahiri chronicles her characters' lives with both objectivity and compassion while charting the emotional temperature of their lives with tactile precision. She is a writer of uncommon elegance and poise, and with 'Interpreter of Maldies' she has made a precocious debut." The New York Times "Lahiri's touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia..." Publishers Weekly "Lahiri's touch is delicate yet assured, leaving no room for flubbed notes or forced epiphanies." The Los Angeles Times "Dazzling writing, an easy-to-carry paperback format and a budget-respecting price tag of $12: Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies possesses these three qualities, making it my book of choice this summer every time someone asks for a recommendation...Simply put, Lahiri displays a remarkable maturity and ability to imagine other lives...[E]ach story offers something special. Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies will reward readers." USA Today "[S]torytelling of surpassing kindness and skill." The San Francisco Chronicle "India is an inescapable presence in this strong first collection's nine polished and resonant tales, most of which have appeared in The New Yorker and other publications." Kirkus Reviews