Thursday, February 7, 2013
Review: Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. The stores are not interconnected, but all feature Indian protagonists, either in Bengal, as immigrants in New England, or as second-generation Americans.
Each of the nine stories is a polished gem. The main characters all feel like very real people, whether Lahiri writes about old ladies, new brides, middle-aged men, or children. The plots are all satisfyingly solid, without any gimmicky "gotcha" endings that can make short stories irksome.
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This is one of the books that I read for the three TBR challenges I am doing this year, and for my ongoing project to read all of the Pulitzer fiction winners.