The Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
Lahiri’s debut, a lyrical representation of life in India and among immigrants in America and Britain, earned her some of the most prestigious awards in fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Hemingway awards. Each story considers the interplay between culture and nationality, and how people can or can’t come together. A man fears for his family in the Pakistani Civil War, and must rely on the kindness of friends; one couple mourns for a stillborn baby while another contemplates items left behind in an old house: each story has a special beauty and resonance. Lahiri demonstrates her outstanding ability to paint human experience.