Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

unaccustomed_earth

Title: Unaccustomed Earth
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Series: None
Published: April 1, 2008
Genres: Fiction > Literary Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Eight stories—longer and more emotionally complex than any Lahiri has yet written—that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories—longer and more emotionally complex than any she has yet written—that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about reading a book composed of short stories, but I found that I really enjoyed it. I liked the commonalities that each story had (people with Bengali origins and the overarching theme of adjustment and change). This really tied all of the stories together, while still allowing them to remain different.

This was our August pick in my book club and during our monthly meeting, we mainly discussed the cultural aspect of the stories. Lahiri herself is an Indian who lives in the United States, so a lot of the situations and emotions in the book are from personal experience, which added a lot of depth to the stories.

I really enjoyed the intricately woven stories that Lahiri told, and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is considering a book of short stories for the first time.

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