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I disagree with the other two reviewers. I thought these stories were excellent. Their strength is that they are not merely "plot based" and so purposely "go nowhere" - just as life often does. I found each selection to be thought provoking. The book as a whole certainly gave me new insight on the culture of India and empathy for people trying to assimilate into the American way of life.
The book is stereotypical but it is also vivid and colorful. Often in the first person, you can visualize the characters and their curries. Lahiri is no doubt very gifted and it is evident in her style of writing. However some of the stories begged for completion and I wish there was more meat to her characters.
I was disappointed after listening to this book. I had previously listened to her other book "Namesake" and had really enjoyed the story. The short stories in this book were anticlimactic. A lot of the stories lead nowhere and left me with an empty feeling. I felt as if there was no completion. Hopefully her next book will be better.
JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of three books, most recently Unaccustomed Earth. Her debut collection, "Interpreter of Maladies, " won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages.