Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

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By (author) Jhumpa Lahiri

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 111mm x 178mm x 21mm | 198g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747599793
  • ISBN 13: 9780747599791
  • Edition statement: Export and UK open market ed
  • Sales rank: 88,159

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Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, Unaccustomed Earth follows new lives forged in the wake of loss. These are stories in which deeply sympathetic characters reach pivotal moments in their frayed relationships and are forced to navigate their way in unfamiliar landscapes. In the title story the death of a mother leaves a space neither daughter nor husband knows how to fill. In 'Only Goodness' a younger brother's spiralling alcoholism threatens to destroy his loyal sister's family. And in a trio of linked stories we follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one memorable winter, share a house in suburban Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until they are brought together years later in a chance meeting in Rome. With moving compassion Lahiri traces a series of transformations: weariness into hope, secrets into sacrifices, and grief into unforeseen love. Eight luminous stories - longer and richer than any she has yet written - explore the heart of family life and the immigrant experience, taking us from America to Europe, India and Thailand. Infused with eloquent warmth and lyrical simplicity, Unaccustomed Earth confirms Jhumpa Lahiri's status as a storyteller of unrivalled empathy.

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Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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'Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display ... gorgeous' Khaled Hosseini 'Contains some of the best, most beautiful fiction written this decade - the kind that will be read 50 years from now' New Statesman 'Probably the most influential writer of fiction in America' Financial Times 'It's difficult to think of a contemporary writer who gives her characters so much dignity ... Fiction of matchless restraint, yet also of rich, complex lives and credible characters' The Times