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Friday, April 04, 2008

Unaccustomed Earth

My friend Sue and I went to hear Jhumpa Lahiri read and speak at Barnard (her alma mater, and Sue's too) a few years ago, just after The Namesake was published. I was already a fan (Interpreter of Maladies), and have been waiting somewhat impatiently ever since for something new.

So it was with unexpected pleasure that I was able to snag a copy of her just-published book of stories, Unaccustomed Earth, from the library. In characteristically undisciplined fashion, I won't be coming up for air til it's finished.

One of the stories, Year's End , appeared in the New Yorker's big fiction issue around Christmas time, leading to speculation among our read-what-you-want book groupies that it might be part of a larger work. This turns out to be true.

Enough. Back to reading...

2 Comments:

Blogger sukipoet said...

I enjoy her so much too. Both read The Namesake and saw recently the DVD. Also read the first book so will look for the book of stories.

9:07 AM  
Blogger sukipoet said...

PS Due to your post, I have purchased "The Omnivore's Dilemma" which awaits my reading. When I lived in Massachusetts (for 30 years) I used the library system which is marvelous and packed with just about any book you might want. Her in New Hampshire, libraries are far away and with very little funding have so few books, are open few hours and there is no on-line book ordering set up (there was in Massachusetts so I could peruse the catalog from home at any hour and order the books, DVD's etc I wanted from home) so it is much easier though more expensive to buy the books.

9:13 AM  

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