Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307278255
  • 9780307278258
  • 202,154

About Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and "The New Yorker" Debut of the Year. Her novel, The Namesake, was a "New York Times" Notable Book, a "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize finalist, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by "USA Today" and "Entertainment Weekly," among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.jhumpalahiri.netshow more

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"The kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person you see and say, 'Read this!'" - Amy Tan "Wonderfully distinctive . . . a writer of uncommon poise." - "The New York Times" "Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display in this collection: the gorgeous, effortless prose; the characters haunted by regret, isolation, loss, and tragedies big and small; and most of all, a quiet, emerging sense of humanity." -Khaled Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner "Jhumpa Lahiri's new collection of stories overflows with insights about the secrets we can hide. While these stories examine the crossing and commingling of Indian and Western cultures, the feelings of pride, love, and loneliness ring true in any society. They are jewels." --Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC "Lahiri extends her mastery of the short-story in a collection that has a novel's thematic cohesion, narrative momentum and depth of character. . . . Some of her most compelling fiction to date. An eye for detail, ear for dialogue and command of family dynamics distinguish this uncommonly rich collection." -"Kirkus Reviews" "Stunning . . . 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. . . . Lahiri's stories of exile, identity, disappointment and maturation evince a spare and subtle mastery that has few contemporary equals." -"Publishers Weekly" "Pulitzer Prize--winning Lahiri returns with her highly anticipated second collection exploring the inevitable tension brought onby family life. . . . [Lahiri's] ability to flesh out completely even minor characters in every story . . . is what will keep readers invested in the work until its heartbreaking conclusion." -"Library Journal" "The tight arc of a story is perfect for Lahiri's keen sense of life's abrupt and powerful changes, and her avid eye for telling details. This collection's five powerful stories and haunting triptych of tales about the fates of two Bengali families in America map the perplexing hidden forces that pull families asunder and undermine marriages. . . . Lahiri's emotionally and culturally astute short stories (ideal for people with limited time for pleasure reading and a hunger for serious literature) are surprising, aesthetically marvelous, and shaped by a sure and provocative sense of inevitability." -"Booklist" "Ferociously good . . . acutely observed . . . In exquisitely attuned prose, Lahiri notes the clash between generations . . . She is emotionally precise about her characters and the way the world appears to them . . . These are unforgettable people, their stories unforgettably well told." -"O, The Oprah Magazine" "A great book . . . to move you. Whether American or Bengali by birth, Lahiri's protagonists valiantly walk a tightrope between personal choice and family expectation. Faltering or triumphant, each tugs at the heart." -"Good Housekeeping ""[Lahiri] explores with her modulated prose a full range of relationships among her subjects. So thoroughly and judiciously does she use detail that she easily presents entire lives with each story. These are tales of careful observation and adjustment." -"The Atlantic" "Dazzling . . . [Lahiri's] comparisonswith literary masters such as Alice Munro are well-earned. In these eight exquisitely detailed stories, Lahiri is less interested in painful family conflicts than in the private moments of sadness that come in their aftermath." -"More " "Lahiri's finely drawn prose makes [Unaccustomed Earth] feel less like reading and more like peering into the most raw, intimate moments of people's lives." -"Marie Claire " "Lahiri delves into the souls of indelible characters struggling with displacement, guilt, and fear as they try to find a balance between the solace and suffocation of tradition and the terror and excitement of the future into which they're being thrust. . . . [Unaccustomed Earth] further establishes her as an important American writer."-"Bookforum " "Brilliant . . . Vividly imagined . . . In Unaccustomed Earth, Lahiri's preternaturally mature voice has grown even more confident. . . . Her sharp and sympathetic observations are deeply considered, using memory, dialogue, and visual detail to capture family dynamics . . . Masterful." -"India Currents"show more

Customer reviews

Lahiri is, I think, a very talented writer - she makes great use of theme, and in Unaccustomed Earth she shows a natural talent for highlighting the stresses between cultures, generations and those of hybrid identity. However, I found the structure to be set out -in the first story at least- in a little bit of a frustrating way, and there are times where the story gets a bit hopeless, thus not compelling a reader onwards. If you love literature and talented writers, go for it, but if you are a reader who likes pace and action and colour, I would perhaps try something else.show more
by Georgia-Lee