Jhumpa Lahiri is known for her short stories, novels, and essays in English, and, more recently, in Italian. Born on 11th July 1967, she has many awards to her name. Here is a list of must-read books by her:
The Namesake, published in the year 2003 is the story of Gogol Ganguly. Gogol is born to Indian-American parents and is continually trying to find his identity. An incident in his dad’s life brings him all the answers he needs. The critically-acclaimed novel was adapted into a film starring Irfan Khan and Tabu by Mira Nair in 2007.
The Lowland is a beautiful story of fate and hard work, exile and return. The story follows two brothers, Subhash and Udayan. The brothers grow up in the 1960s, in Kolkata. The novel was also selected as one of the finalists for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award.
Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of stories published in 1999. The story transcends from the local backdrops of Indian villages while the Das family travels across the region with their guide. The family is originally from the USA but are of Indian origin and visits several places to reveal new perspectives on their relations.
Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of short stories. These stories shed light on a range of human emotions and complex relationships which would sound relatable to many readers. The stories also focus on the Indian-Americans and their struggles of getting the best out of both the cultures.
In Other words
This book is Lahiri’s self-reflection of learning and expressing her thoughts in a new language, in a way seeking a fresh new voice. It is an autobiography that will give a glimpse into Lahiri’s life. It also explores identity and language from an immigrant’s perspective.
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