9780307278258

Unaccustomed Earth (Vintage Contemporaries)

Lahiri, Jhumpa

ISBN 10: 0307278255 / 0-307-27825-5
ISBN 13: 9780307278258
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
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These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of the heart and mind.


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Book Description: Vintage, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Splendid . . . The fact that America is still a place where the rest of the world comes to reinvent itselfaccepting with excitement and anxiety the necessity of leaving behind the constrictions and comforts of distant customsis the underlying theme of Jhumpa Lahiri's sensitive new collection of stories, Unaccustomed Earth. . . . . Lahiri's epigraph . . . from 'The Custom-House,' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, [is] an apt, rich metaphor for the transformations Lahiri oversees in these pages, in which two generations of Bengali immigrants to Americathe newcomers and their hyphenated childrenstruggle to build normal, secure lives. . . . . Except for their names, 'Hema and Kaushik' [the title characters of the final trilogy of stories] could evoke any American's '70s childhood, any American's bittersweet acceptance of the compromises of adulthood. The generational conflicts Lahiri depicts cut across national lines; the waves of admiration, competition and criticism that flow between their two families could occur between Smiths and Taylors in any suburban town; and the fight for connection and control between Hema and Kaushikas children and as adultsreplays the tussle that has gone on ever since men and women lived in caves. Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints. She allows them to grow as if unguided, as if she were accompanying them rather than training them through the espalier of her narration. Reading her stories is like watching time-lapse nature videos of different plants, each with its own inherent growth cycle, breaking through the soil, spreading into bloom or collapsing back to earth." Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review (cover review) "Jhumpa Lahiri's characters tend to be immigrants from India and their American-reared children, exiles who straddle two countries, two cultures, and belong to neither: too used to freedom to accept the rituals and conventions of home, and yet too steeped in tradition to embrace American mores fully. . . . Ms. Lahiri writes about these people in Unaccustomed Earth with an intimate knowledge of their conflicted hearts, using her lapidary eye for detail to conjure their daily lives with extraordinary precision . . . A Chekhovian sense of loss blows through these new stories: a reminder of Ms. Lahiri's appreciation of the wages of time and mortality and her understanding too of the missed connections that plague her husbands and wives, parents and children, lovers and friends. [Lahiri] deftly explicates the emotional arithmetic of her characters' families . . . showing how some of the children learn to sidestep, even defy, their parents' wishes. But she also shows how haunted they remain by the burden of their families' dreams and their awareness of their role in the generational process of Americanization. . . The last three overlapping tales tell a single story about a Bengali-American girl and a Bengali-American boy, whose crisscrossing lives make up a poignant ballad of love and loss and death. They embark on a passionate affair that concludes not with a fairy-tale happy ending but with a denouement that speaks of missed opportunities and avoidable grief. . . . an ending that possesses the elegiac and haunting power of tragedya testament to Lahiri's emotional wisdom and consummate artistry as a writer." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Stunning. [Lahiri] delves deeply and richly into the lives of immigrants. [But though] immigrants may be the stories. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307278255

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