Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The third book by Jhumpa Lahiri, whose work was introduced to me by Da Mare, is another collection of short stories.  While this is not my favorite genre, I enjoy Lahiri’s perspective on Indian American families.  I like the way that the Indian culture is sometimes a featured part of the story, and sometimes matters not at all.

One thing that was a bit foreign to me was the idea that an Indian couple would come to the United States, raise a family, and return to India upon retirement.  As this happened in more than one story, I wonder how often it happens in reality.  It was a new take on the “building a life in America” for me.

One thing, though.  The cover?  I spent the entire reading of the book wondering what the heck that was.  It wasn’t until the very end of the “trilogy” tales at the end that I figured it out.  A bangle bracelet lost on the ocean.  And not to spoil anything, but that just sucked.

I am looking forward to what Lahiri does next.  And hoping that it is a full length novel.

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