Unaccustomed Earth Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth

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Publisher Description

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Interpreter of Maladies: These eight stories take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.
“Glorious.... Showcases a considerable talent in full bloom.” —San Francisco Chronicle

In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father who carefully tends her garden–where she later unearths evidence of a love affair he is keeping to himself. In “A Choice of Accommodations,” a couple’s romantic getaway weekend takes a dark turn at a party that lasts deep into the night. In “Only Goodness,” a woman 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 fateful 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 the author’s signature gifts: exquisite prose, emotional wisdom, and subtle renderings of the most intricate workings of the heart and mind. It is the work of a writer at the peak of her powers.

Fiction & Literature
April 1
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Bolajon ,

Great Read, as always!

Lahiri is one of my favorite authors…

JRubino ,

100 Words or Less

I could not drag myself past page 50. Every page seemed so leaden, with the convenience of plot the main drive, rather than anything real or interesting.

I believe that this sort of storyline of hidden family secrets and immigrant experience has been drained of all originality. These stories aren’t bad, they're just not new. And that doesn’t keep me reading.

anitanwright ,

Lahiri at her best

I'm not a great fan of short stories. Mainly for the reason that as soon as I really get into them, they are over. I always get the feeling like I want more somehow. Not so with this collection. Each story is written so well, and each character so thoroughly developed, I felt nothing was lacking. I was "novel satisfied" when I finished reading her stories. But the standout for me were the "Hema and Kaushik" trilogy; her best work in my opinion. Lahiri imbues these three stories with emotions that I have rarely been made to feel while reading fiction. Expertly sentimental without being maudlin, the trio of stories pulled me in from the start and would not allow me to put the book down till I was finished. Unaccustomed Earth gave me the type of book hangover that wouldn't allow me to even think of starting another book for quite some time. Instead, I went back, re-read, and highlighted passages just for the sheer pleasure of being back in the moment. I love this book and if you read it, you'll know exactly why I do.

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