Today’s treasure is Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is Jhumpa’s first major work and all the more astonishing for it. (I will be buying her second book from Amazon as soon as I'm finished here.) The stories involve people in India and America across generations in different stages of life and love. They include a mix of servants, co-workers, arranged marriages, adulterers, precocious children, struggling immigrants and other lonely souls. I think I smell a curry cooking as I read! Each chronicle is captivating, thought-provoking and entirely different from the previous ones. In each I’ve gathered insight into unique and interesting people, become sympathetic to their causes and curious about their lives after the stories end. In other words, I HIGHLY recommend it.
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