Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0002259001
Elegant stories which tell the lives of Indians in exile, of people navigating between the strict traditions they've inherited and the baffling New World they must encounter everyday.
An interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing revelation; a young Midwestern woman is drawn into a tantalizing affair with a married Bengali man; the eccentric nervous Mrs. Sen needs to learn to drive if she is to keep her job minding eleven-year-old Eliot after school; a young couple exchanging confessions each night as they struggle to cope with the loss of their baby and their failing marriage; and Mr. Pirzada, whose watch is always set to Dacca time, worries about his family back in Pakistan.
Whether set in Boston or Bengal, these sublimely understated stories, spiced with humor and subtle detail, speak with universal eloquence to anyone who has ever felt the yearnings of exile or the emotional confusion of the outsider.