Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri presents a generous picture of the Indian-American parents who straddle two cultures, and the second generation which feels almost entirely “American.” The title for her collection, Unaccustomed Earth (Vintage, $15), comes from a story by Hawthorne; she suggests that Indians striking “their roots into unaccustomed earth” will flourish. The title story, my favorite, is about a young Indian-American woman who invites her recently widowed father to visit her in Seattle. After seeing how attached he becomes to her son, she overcomes her previous misgivings and asks him to move in with her family, but it turns out that he has other plans. There is both a celebration of achievement and a sense of loss or difference that pervades the stories.

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ISBN: 9780307278258
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

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