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Unaccustomed Earth Eight stories longer and emotionally complex than any Lahiri has yet written that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and loversFrom the internationally best selling, Pulitzer Prize winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction eight stories longer and emotionally complex than any she has yet written that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and loversIn the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond But he s harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he s keeping all to himself In A Choice of Accommodations, a husband s attempt to turn an old friend s wedding into a romantic getaway weekend with his wife takes a dark, revealing turn as the party lasts deep into the night In Only Goodness, a sister 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 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 Jhumpa Lahiri s signature gifts exquisite prose, emotional wisdom, and subtle renderings of the most intricate workings of the heart and mind It is a masterful, dazzling work of a writer at the peak of her powers

10 thoughts on “Unaccustomed Earth

  1. Molly Molly says:

    The title of Lahiri s latest book Unaccustomed Earth refers to the first story in this collection but also to a motif dominating all of the stories tales about a world unaccustomed to the shifts and changes taking place on its surface, a world uncomfortable with the destruction and loss brought o

  2. Sonal Sonal says:

    As I progressed through the first four stories, I becameandangry I couldn t understand why Lahiri would put out another book that was almost identical to to her first She seemed to have retreated even further into her safe space , writing only about Bengali Americans who study at ivy league school

  3. Candi Candi says:

    These eight short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri are quiet, penetrating, and meticulously written The first five stories are distinct, while the last three are interrelated Lahiri s prose seems so clean and precise that it is very easy to turn page after page despite the fact that her stories are not rea

  4. Barbara H Barbara H says:

    I have often stated that I do not enjoy short stories, but although this is designated as such, it oversimplifies the content of this book With understated elegance, Lahiri has drawn in the reader to become immersed in tales of families, lovers and friends She has the unique ability to simply, but f

  5. Ian Ian says:

    A real disappointment after her first two books Doing away with both the emotional gut punches of displacement and desperation found in Interpreter of Maladies and the elegiac generational sweep of The Namesake, Lahiri in Unaccustomed Earth zeroes in on the least interesting dimension of her usual su

  6. Teresa Teresa says:

    Perhaps a new term needs to be used for short stories such as these Each one is jam packed with details that never bog down each one is as dense and rich as a novel The writing never falters it is always smooth, flowing and self assured.Of course the last 3 stories could be a novella, and we are lucky

  7. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    It didn t matter where she was in the world, or whether or not she was dying she had always given everything to make her homes beautiful, always drawn strength from her things, her walls But Kaushik never fully trusted the places he d lived, never turned to them for refuge From childhood, he realized n

  8. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    Eight short stories of remarkable depth, richness and resonance Part one consists of five stand alone stories, some of which have the density of novellas part two consists of three stories that chronicle several decades in the lives of two characters whose lives have been fatefully intertwined.Lahiri s

  9. Asha Seth Asha Seth says:

    Unaccustomed Earth is Jhumpa Lahiri s yet another collection of most dazzling short stories of all times making it evident the umpteenth time the kind of prodigious skills she portrays with her art of putting together in words the distressed hearts and confused minds of her characters that are struggling

  10. Roxane Roxane says:

    Lahiri s always going to write beautiful, dense stories but many of the stories felt very similar, same settings, same cultural clashes, same upper middle class, exclusive college educated people angst Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed the book I would read it again.

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