Goodreads Review of Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth


Unaccustomed Earth Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the best short story collections I’ve ever read. A little uncomfortable giving it 5 stars, since I haven’t read the reportedly even-more-amazing Interpreter of Maladies yet, so let’s call it 4.5. Anyway, this is a fantastic, bittersweet short story collection. It’s mostly about second generation Indian Americans, but these are welcoming stories, and I never felt like they were stories FOR Indian Americans. Lahiri does an amazing job with building her characters through subtle details and character interactions. The stories are paced so smoothly you don’t even notice that these are rather long short stories, averaging about 40 pages.

Highly, highly recommend.

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One Response to “Goodreads Review of Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth”

  1. Sonja Says:

    I read my first (and so far only) Jhumpa Lahriri story in an American Lit class. I loved it – and the rest of my class hated it. I will definitely have to check out this collection.

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