Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

By (author) 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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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • 04 Jul 2009
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307278255
  • 9780307278258
  • 193,531

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Author Information

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.net

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"Glorious.... Showcases a considerable talent in full bloom." --"San Francisco Chronicle " "Stunning.... Gorgeous.... Never before has Lahiri mined so perfectly the secrets of the human heart." --"USA Today" "A testament to Lahiri's emotional wisdom and consummate artistry as a writer." --"The New York Times" "Lucid and revelatory.... Both universal and deeply felt." --"The Washington Post Book World" "Graceful and devastating.... A gorgeous, meticulous and inviting work ... of an artist wise in enigmas and human mystery." --"The Miami Herald" "Powerful.... Profound.... Haunting." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Shimmering.... Lahiri's fiction delves deep into the universal theme of isolation." --"Fresh Air" "Splendid.... Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Beautifully rendered.... Reading [Lahiri's] stories is hypnotizing-like falling into a dream." --"People" (four stars) "Lahiri steps back from the action, gets out of the way, so the people and things in her stories can exist the way real things do: richly, ambiguously, without explanation." --"Time" "Powerful.... Lahiri is a genius of the miniature stroke and the great arc." --Elizabeth Taylor, "Chicago Tribune" "Beautifully crafted.... The remarkable poignancy Lahiri achieves in her work ... is the result of tying [her] examination of exile to other, more universal moments of essential sadness in our lives: the death of a parent, the end of a love affair, the ravages of alcoholism on a family." --"The Boston Globe" "Shimmering.... The literary prize committees should once again take note.... To read Unaccustomed Earth and only take away an experience of cultural tourism would be akin to reading Dante only to retain how medieval Italians slurped their spaghetti. Lahiri's fiction delves deep into the universal theme of isolation.... Lahiri is a lush writer bringing to lif

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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