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Unaccustomed Earth
JHUMPA LAHIRI

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
427 reviews (2008) (352p)
New York Times® Best Fiction Books
TIME Magazine Best Fiction Books
ALA Notable Books - Fiction Finalist

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Book Description
From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories—longer and more 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 lovers.

In 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.


Other Award Winning Books by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
1492 reviews (2013) (352p) (Amazon Top10Lit) (Amazon Top100) (NYT100) (Time Top10) (Hudson Fiction) (NBA) (Booker) (TIME) (Amazon)
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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
1045 reviews (2003) (304p) (TIME) (LATimes)
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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
922 reviews (1999) (160p) (PP)
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Jhumpa Lahiri Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Interpreter of Maladies ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Interpreter of Maladies ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 The Lowland ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 1 The Lowland ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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