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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Summary from Goodreads:

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.

Belonging and displacement in marriage and immigrant life. This is a prevalent theme in Interpreter of Maladies. Union and Isolation seem unlikely to converge. But to Lahiri there is isolation in union and union in isolation. My favorites among the nine are as follows:

July 2015: Required Reading

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June Required Reading Report:

1. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - (5/5 Stars) I enjoyed the audiobook too much. People doing voices particularly tough guy talk has always been a weakness. I do think the narrative holds as well. A solid crime noir.

2. Number9Dream by David Mitchell - (5/5 Stars) Mitchell is as impressive as always, what can possibly be a hodge podge of dreamworld mess in another's hands is masterfully interwoven in Mitchell's.

3. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro - (5/5 Stars) Excellent pacing for a book that I feared would go too slow for me. And I never realized how heart wrenching this could be. And how funny. 

July Required Reading:


1. The Quite American by Graham Greene - TFG's book of the month

2. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - My entry for Book Riot's challenge item: Man Booker winner from the last decade.

Have a great July!