“Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri (U.S.)
Readers loved this collection of short stories, which they described as a gentle and easy read. One reader couldn’t put the book down, reading one short story after the other! They liked the fact that each story dealt with day-to-day issues of family life, work and relationships. They found it easy to transpose themselves into the different characters’ lives and situations, and said they found parts of the stories totally relatable. They also agreed that although these stories were primarily taking place within the Bengali community in the U.S., similar things could happen in their own or other cultures. Readers described the writing style as expectant and the language beautiful. They found the descriptions of people and places highly evocative. One reader preferred the stories told in third-person narrative finding those told in first-person a bit too up-close-and-personal for her liking. Overall, it averaged a 9 out of 10.
Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, “Unaccustomed Earth” explores the heart of family life and the immigrant experience. Eight short stories – longer and richer than any Jhumpa Lahiri has yet written – take us from America to Europe… Read more