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Unaccustomed Earth | by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
(Vintage, 2009, 352 pages)

I think Jhumpa Lahiri is a wonderful writer – I enjoyed reading Interpreter of Maladies, her first collection of short stories, so I was really excited when I saw this audiobook available at the public library.  Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of 8 short stories that all revolve around family relationships and the strains/differences between parents and their children.  Lahiri tackles the cultural differences that are present when parents who have moved from India to the United States are faced with children who seem to want nothing more than to be Americanized.

Lahiri really draws the reader into each story.  The audiobook was read by two actors (Ajay Naidu [from “Office Space”] and Sarita Choudhury [from “Mississippi Masala”]), which helped add a different dimension as each story was read.  I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who appreciates family-centric short stories.  If you saw and enjoyed The Namesake (which was based on a Lahiri novel), check out either of the short story collections mentioned in this post – they won’t disappoint.

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