Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of short stories written by the renowned Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri. This book, like many other works by the author, revolves around the lives of Indian American characters and their handling of the mixed culture. The author received critical acclaim from all across the world with this book, which also featured on several bestseller lists.
About the Book
The title story of Unaccustomed Earth takes a look into the life of a retired widower who visits his daughter Ruma in Seattle. Talking about a different cultural perspective in America and Ruma's decision to leave her promising career to raise the family, the book explores different gender roles in the country. This book also depicts a new bond formed between Akash, Ruma's son, and his grandfather. Despite being a third generation Indian American and having been raised in a different culture all together, the boy develops a strong connection with his grandfather and takes a liking to his habits and language. The story provides a new angle to the bond between grandparents and children.
The other stories in this book showcase a range of human emotions including love, jealousy, hatred, and dejection along with family values. The author has included several elements of family life and experiences of mixed culture. The book keeps the readers engaged with the subtle twists and unpredictability of the stories.
About the Author
Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author who has made a name for herself with a distinctive style of writing and detailed insight into immigrant experiences and family values. Her first book was another collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, which was published in the year 1999. The author won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her very first book. Amongst other popular books by the writer, there is the novel Namesake, which was later made into a movie by the same name. Jhumpa Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities which was formed by President Barack Obama.
The book comes in paperback and can be ordered online with the ISBN number 10 of 818400060X and ISBN number 13 of 9788184000603.