Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collection Unaccustomed Earth kept me up reading over the weekend, and this despite the fact that I'd read four of the eight stories previously in The New Yorker. The book continues to explore a circle of character types she has written about before: upper middle-class, educated Indians and their children living in the United States. Full of carefully-observed detail, the stories present the dramas that resonate with those of many of the people who … more
Jhumpa Lahiri has a hauntingly sparse writing style, which in combination with her proclivity for writing about expatriates leaves one feeling as though they’ve just read something by Ernest Hemingway (only in a much shorter period of time). Of course, her style is not exactly the same as Hemingway’s. Lahiri’s works feel more modern and relevant. Because Unaccustomed Earth was a bestseller, Jhumpa Lahiri has been widely praised, and rightly so. She is one of my personal favorite … more
I totally loved this book - tried my hardest to read it slow but when I would pick it up I got completely caught up in the stories. I didn't think I was much a one for short stories. In fact, I didn't enjoy her first collection as well, but often that's just where I'm at and not the actual writing. But this book was just lovely through and through. Such an atmosphere to her characters and stories.