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.