From Our Editors
These stories from Jhumpa Lahiri jump back and
forth between India and New England, touching on love that crosses
cultural boundaries. Interpreter of
Maladies evokes a style of cultural insight mindful
of Anita Desai, while giving the individual characters and their
relationships a unique depth.
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of three books, most recently
Unaccustomed Earth. Her debut collection,
Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for
fiction. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and
her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages.
This recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize is a collection of stories related only by the Indian heritage of all the characters. Most take place in the U.S. and often deal with cultural identity as in Amy Tan's books. Maybe I am unfairly comparing the two authors but these stories didn't grip me as much as Tan's. There are some definite standouts, such as when a young Hindu wife becomes curiously obsessed with Christianparaphernalia, as well as the title story which takes place in India. Overall, I would recommend it for fans of short stories.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: June 15, 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 039592720x
ISBN - 13: 9780395927205