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Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Published: 2000-05-22
Hardcover : 208 pages
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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 ...
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(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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  "A nice collection of short stories"by knitmarisa (see profile) 10/23/13

This was closer to a 3.5 for our group. We thought the author had beautiful character development and some of the stories were very interesting. However, we felt that some of the stories were a bit "cut... (read more)

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