5 Best Jhumpa Lahiri Books You Must Read

5 Best Jhumpa Lahiri Books You Must Read

June 13, 2022, 12:57 p.m.
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Jhumpa Lahiri’s works mainly focus on the cultural conflicts faced by immigrants and which she herself has gone through. (Photo credit: Flickr)

Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian-American author known for her short stories, essays, novels, and non-fiction works.

Her writing style is generally journalistic and simplistic as she avoids using too many complex words.

Her stories depict immigrant and Native American life and universal themes of longing and loneliness.

Here are five of the Pulitzer Prize winner’s best must-read books.

Lahiri’s most famous work, The namesake was published in 2003 and received several accolades, including New Yorker Debut of the Year.

The story is about an Indian couple who settled in America.

It’s about the trials and tribulations they face as immigrants to blend into American culture.

It also highlights the cultural conflicts their children face.

Published in 1999, Interpreter of diseases is a collection of nine short stories and Lahiri’s first book.

In 2000, he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The story explores the emotional stories of Indians living in Boston and how they reveal perspectives on their relationship.

The novel explores their lives caught between their roots and the new world.

Published in 2013, The plain won the DSC Award, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was shortlisted for the National Book Award.

The story is about two brothers – Udayan and Subhash born and raised in Kolkata. After growing up, Subhash goes to America while Udayan joins the Naxalite movement.

Years later, Subhash travels to India to search for his broken family.

Published in 2008, Unusual land is a collection of short stories that explores the complexity of human relationships and emotions.

It revolves around the lives of American Indians and how they struggle to blend in with the two cultures.

The story is told both from the perspective of the older generation who immigrated to America and their children who are burdened by India’s cultural past.

Where was originally written by Lahiri in 2018 in Italian. Later it was translated into English and was released again in 2021.

The novel has 46 chapters, and each chapter describes the thoughts and daily life of a middle-aged, single Italian woman who leads a lonely life.

The anonymous woman is a teacher-writer by profession and is attracted to her married friend.

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