Interpreter of maladies : stories

Jhumpa Lahiri.

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.


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Kristi BurrPosted March 5, 2013

The book "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of short stories with a central theme of Indian culture. Short stories do not usually interest me, but the characters, the story lines, and the beautiful writing style make this a g...

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