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Unaccustomed Earth

Jhumpa Lahiri.

By Jhumpa Lahiri

From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories—longer and more emotionally complex than any she has yet written—that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers.

In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he’s harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he’s keeping all to himself. In “A Choice of Accommodations,” a husband’s attempt to turn an old friend’s wedding into a romantic getaway weekend with his wife takes a dark, revealing turn as the party lasts deep into the night. In “Only Goodness,” a sister eager to give her younger brother the perfect childhood she never had is overwhelmed by guilt, anguish, and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family. And in “Hema and Kaushik,” a trio of linked stories—a luminous, intensely compelling elegy of life, death, love, and fate—we follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one winter, share a house in Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until destiny brings them together again years later in Rome.

Unaccustomed Earth is rich with Jhumpa Lahiri’s signature gifts: exquisite prose, emotional wisdom, and subtle renderings of the most intricate workings of the heart and mind. It is a masterful, dazzling work of a writer at the peak of her powers.



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Format: Book
Author: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Title: Unaccustomed earth / Jhumpa Lahiri.
Publisher Date: New York : Knopf, 2008.
Subject: Bengali Americans -- Fiction. Bengali (South Asian people) -- United States -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780307265739 0307265730
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Lahiri
Oclc: 137325020
Bib Id: 291518

Format: Book
Author: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Title: Unaccustomed earth / Jhumpa Lahiri.
Edition: 1st North American ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Knopf, 2008.
Description: 333 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Bengali Americans -- Fiction.
Subjects: Bengali (South Asian people) -- United States -- Fiction.
Contents: Unaccustomed earth -- Hell-heaven -- A choice of accommodations -- Only goodness -- Nobody's business -- Hema and Kaushik -- Once in a lifetime -- Year's end -- Going ashore.
LCCN: 2007017612
ISBN: 9780307265739
ISBN: 0307265730
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Lahiri