Unaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

byJhumpa Lahiri

Kobo ebook | March 26, 2010

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Knopf Canada is proud to welcome this bestselling, Pulitzer Prize—winning author with eight dazzling stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.

In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father who carefully tends her garden–where she later unearths evidence of a love affair he is keeping to himself. In “A Choice of Accommodations,” a couple’s romantic getaway weekend takes a dark turn at a party that lasts deep into the night. In “Only Goodness,” a woman eager to give her younger brother the perfect childhood she never had is overwhelmed by guilt, anguish and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family. And in “Hema and Kaushik,” a trio of linked stories–a luminous, intensely compelling elegy of life, death, love and fate–we follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one fateful winter, share a house in Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until destiny brings them together again years later in Rome.

Unaccustomed Earth is rich with the author’s signature gifts: exquisite prose, emotional wisdom and subtle renderings of the most intricate workings of the heart and mind. It is the work of a writer at the peak of her powers.

Title:Unaccustomed Earth: StoriesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 26, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307375463

ISBN - 13:9780307375469

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pick it up Fabulous writing that makes for super-satisfying reading. I love how she focuses on the nuances of everyday life, giving them emphasis and showing how profound they can be. I liked some of the connectedness between the last three stories. However, in the very last one, I didn’t like that I knew what was going to happen simply because of current events.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful short stories The first time I have read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri and I can't wait to find her other books. Simply the best collection of short stories I have read in a long time. All the stories (some of which are linked) speak about the gulf that exists between immigrants and their second generation children who grow up with Western values adn the attempts by both to bridge that chasm. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply spectacular breathtaking collection
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and Moving This collection of short stories is a wonderful compilation of touching stories that shows the beauty and pain of life on this earth. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-08-03