Jhumpa Lahiri deserves every bit of recognition she has been given since her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, received the Pulitzer Prize. Her second book, Unaccustomed Earth, was named one of the 10 best books of 2008 by the New York Times Book Review, and that award is completely justified.
Just as her first book presented short stories about people from India adjusting to life and others in a foreign place, her second book featured eight more tales in the same vein. The stories seem simple at the outset, but Lahiri's beautiful prose highlights the importance of what so many people take for granted, the reason why I adore Lahiri's books. The stories in this book are beautiful, but it is the final three stories, all of which are related, that captured and then broke my heart. Those three stories, simply put, are breathtaking.
I strongly encourage anyone to read Lahiri's stories. They are smart, beautiful, haunting, and so amazingly well-written. That is why I give this book, a very strong five out of five stories.
Total Books Read: 44 / 50 (88 percent)
Total Pages Read: 12,643 / 15,000 (84 percent)