Lahiri's 'Unaccustomed Earth' among US bestseller

New Delhi, Mon, 14 Apr 2008 NI Wire

The ‘Namesake’ fame, Indian origin American Writer, Jhumpa Lahiri is back again in the limelight with her newly released book ‘Unaccustomed Earth’ that is selling on the top in the US book market and getting outstanding reviews from some leading and renowned newspapers and magazines giants.

It has been ranked among the top in the selling book charts after arriving in the market on April 1, 2008. Media giants like Times, USA Today and Publishers Today have appreciated the book and cited very positive ‘remarks’ in their book review section.

Appreciating the book, USA Today has quoted, “In part, Lahiri's gift to the reader is gorgeous prose that bestows greatness on life's mundane events and activities. But it is her exploration of lost love and lost loved ones that gives her stories an emotional exactitude few writers could ever hope to match.”

Commenting over the story and the author, USA added, “Immigrants may be the stories' protagonists, but their doubts, insecurities, losses and heartbreaks belong to all of us. Never before has Lahiri mined so perfectly the secrets of the human heart.”

The Publishers Weekly, an esteemed international news website of book selling, publishing and reviewing has remarked, “Lahiri's stories of exile, identity, disappointment and maturation evince a spare and subtle mastery that has few contemporary equals.”

This time, those who were disrupted on awarding Lahiri the Pulitzer Prize for her debut book, “The Interpreter of Maladies”, a collection of short stories quoting that she was not a mature author and had not given ripened performance, have now pleased to see the so much progress in her creation.

‘This time Jhumpa has showed lots of experience and matured talent in her creation.’ cited a book critic on Jumpa’s second book of short stories’ collection.

However, Jumpa is better known as a ‘novelist’ for her famous novel ‘Namesake’ that had gain huge name and fame but no awards. However, Hollywood Film Maker Mira Nair has made a movie last year with the same title starring Tabu and Irfan Khan.

The ‘Unaccustomed Earth’ is a collection of eight stories focused on the ‘life of immigrants’ who feel lots of pain, emotions, new worlds and the losing communication between the two-generation. Among the eight stories, the reviewers have praised ‘A Choice of Accommodations’, ‘Only Goodness’, ‘Once in a Lifetime’, ‘Year's End’, ‘Hell-Heaven’ and the concluding ‘Going Ashore’. ‘Only Goodness’ is chosen the saddest story of the book.

Jhumpa Lahiri, basically a ‘Bengali’ lady was born with her original name Nilanjana Sudeshna (Bengali term Jhumpa Lahiri) in London in July 1967 and raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At present she is living in New York with her husband, Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist and couple’s two children. She has been a Vice President of the PEN American Center since 2005.

She has written so far three books, including one novel ‘Namesake’ and had won Pulitzer Prize for her book, ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ including a story of ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, ‘A Temporary Matter’, was selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories in 1999.



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