Another collection of short stories. The first, Unaccustomed Earth, tells of a daughter and husband adapting to life after the death of the mother and wife. The second, Hell-Heaven, tells of a family who welcomes a stranger in complete friendship and trust only to realize that life has its own plans for people; they cannot always stay as they once were. I’ve yet to read the rest of the collection but only because I typically read short stories in small increments. Both of these stories focus on the traditions of Bengali people and how those traditions often collide with modern American life.
Lahiri is an amazing writer. She never fails to uncover subtle truths in perfect prose. These two stories were beautiful and I look forward to reading the rest of the collection.
I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but these have me hooked. I’m also looking into another piece by Lahiri called The Namesake. There’s a reason this woman won a Pulitzer Prize.