more books (Jhumpa Lahiri)…
An interlude from the angst of deconversion, and a reflection on one of life’s small pleasures.
I also read Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake, a couple of years ago and enjoyed it, but not as much as her short stories. I love short stories though, so I’m biased. If you haven’t read her work I would definitely recommend starting with Interpreter of Maladies. I heard her read part of a story from there on the radio a few years ago and was immediately hooked.
Lahiri writes mostly, but not entirely, about the experience of immigrants from India and their children’s experiences growing up as first-generation people in their new countries. Her stories are wonderful and she writes perfectly. I could go on and on. She writes with an amazing attention to detail to bring her fictional characters to life. Lots of odd little details and thoughts that somehow communicate subtle nuances of human experience very well. You end up feeling you know the characters better than people in real life.
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