Author(s): Jhumpa Lahiri
Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, Unaccustomed Earth explores the heart of family life and the immigrant experience. Eight luminous stories - longer and richer than any Jhumpa Lahiri has yet written - take us from America to Europe, India and Thailand as they follow new lives forged in the wake of loss.
Interpreter of Maladies sold over 50,000 copies in the UK and over 1,000,000 in the US. The Namesake sold 30,000 copies in the UK and in the US sold over 1,000,000 and spent 48 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list Unaccustomed Earth debuted at Number One in the New York Times bestseller list, and Knopf have sold in hardback 200,000 copies Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. The judges were so impressed that they dispensed with a short-list altogether
Winner of Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book - Eurasia 2009.
'Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display ... gorgeous' Khaled Hosseini 'Probably the most influential writer of fiction in America' Financial Times 'Contains some of the best, most beautiful fiction written this decade - the kind that will be read 50 years from now' New Statesman 'It's difficult to think of a contemporary writer who gives her characters so much dignity ... Fiction of matchless restraint, yet also of rich, complex lives and credible characters' The Times
Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.