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3.9999465684419 out of 53.9999465684419 out of 53.9999465684419 out of 53.9999465684419 out of 53.9999465684419 out of 5 4.00 (68,686 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Narrator: Matilda Novak Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9781598875096
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Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of nine short stories. Navigating between familiar East Indian traditions and the baffling new world, these characters seek love beyond the barriers of cultures and generations. Includes the title story and A Temporary Ma Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lahiri’s language is uncluttered; she’s sparing with metaphor, and the riches accumulate unobtrusively.”

    Newsweek

  • “Dazzling writing…Simply put, Lahiri displays a remarkable maturity and ability to imagine other lives…Each story offers something special. Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies will reward readers.”

    USA Today

  • “Storytelling of surpassing kindness and skill.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Lahiri’s touch is delicate yet assured, leaving no room for flubbed notes or forced epiphanies.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Lahiri’s touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Lahiri] announces herself as a wonderfully distinctive new voice. Indeed, Ms. Lahiri’s prose is so eloquent and assured that the reader easily forgets the Interpreter of Maladies is a young writer’s first book…Ms. Lahiri chronicles her characters’ lives with both objectivity and compassion while charting the emotional temperature of their lives with tactile precision. She is a writer of uncommon elegance and poise, and with Interpreter of Maladies she has made a precocious debut.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 2000 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award
  • Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 1999 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandani | 2/8/2014

    " Very intriguing stories which CAN be re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Page | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this work as a break from all the experimental stuff I read. Lahiri captures the Indian culture in a way that is accessible to people who long for culture but don't really have a sense of it (like me, who has never been on a plane). The relationships between women and men (arranged marriages usually) were interesting; men who put up with flighty women, women who fall in love with married men, couples married after a few days together who aren't sure if they'll like each other but learn to fall in love. I was really excited about this book because my new friend is a progressive woman from India (funny enough, she's married to a man from Tennessee) and I wanted more insight into the culture. Lahiri provides that in a way that digs into another's life rather than pouring in as many facts in a conspicuous fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana Merrill | 1/28/2014

    " It was an okay book of short stories that I read for my Postmodern literature class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afton | 1/25/2014

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. That being said, I did enjoy the last few stories more than the first ones. And is it weird that my favorite parts of this book were the detailed descriptions of the Indian food they cooked at some point in every story? It sounded so delicious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherylin | 1/24/2014

    " Devoured it, although I shouldn't be surprised that I enjoyed a book by Lahiri so much. Her stories are so engaging and heartbreaking with a realism that continually intrigues me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikkiharsh | 1/21/2014

    " A beautiful expression of short stories about being a first-generation Indian in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 1/20/2014

    " I thought this book bespoke magic and longing in equal measure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/16/2014

    " The stories stay with you; they are powerful personal anecdotes, and you feel like you have heard them from close friends. Beautiful storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Dower | 1/13/2014

    " A beautiful collection. The title story is especially complex and arresting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 carolime | 1/11/2014

    " disappointing. finished reading it years after i started and was saddened to realize how much i'd changed in the interim; the stories seemed less lush, more trivial, less realistic, more trite. c'est triste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 12/17/2013

    " Beautifully written, made me tear up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Ebeling | 12/7/2013

    " Stunningly beautiful stories of immigrants from India finding their way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaitra | 11/21/2013

    " A splendid collection. Lahiri's characters are fully realized, her language simple. I was invested completely in the lives of the people in the stories. She's one of those people who can tell a complex story in 20 pages that other, lesser novelists can't do in 200. Fully deserving of the Pulitzer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sushma | 11/19/2013

    " The good thing about Jhumpa Lahiri's stories are that they are woven around the routine, normal lives of people - i.e., you relate to them at first glance. That, along with crispness and simplicity of language makes it a good read for those times when you cannot concentrate on fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreen Heffernan | 10/19/2013

    " Beautifully written short stories woven together with a general theme of fear, change, and hope. My favorite was the first one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tineke | 8/20/2013

    " Have enjoyed it, but not as special as I would expect a Pulitzer prize winner would be. Enjoyable nevertheless and a fairly quick read. Don't have any favourite story, I've actually forgotten them already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Santoshkrishna Venuturupalli | 8/17/2013

    " What do you say about a writer who has won the Pulitzer award .. the book is a touch to the heart ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Fromm | 8/16/2013

    " I'd previously read "The Namesake", which I found absorbing and powerful. "Interpreter......", although interesting, did not hold up well against that novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 7/23/2013

    " These short stories are beautifully written, after each one I wanted more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 3 TsiboeFranklina | 4/8/2013

    " The first chapter is kind of slow but i liked it.The second chapter is better.I can't wait ti finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Rosetty | 4/4/2013

    " One of the best collections of short stories I've read in a while. Lahiri's writing is both surprising and enveloping. A really lovely collection of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/15/2013

    " Incredible collection of short stories. I recommend all of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryl | 2/7/2013

    " I enjoyed some of these stories more than others. Overall I liked The Namesake better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey Schwab | 8/24/2012

    " "As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination." Pretty much sums up Lahiri's writing: ordinary yet profound at the same time. Some of the stories are hits, some are misses, but when she hits, the effect lasts a lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharina | 5/30/2012

    " Amazing! These short stories are spectacular. One of these books I'll gladly hang on to for a re-read in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 1/30/2012

    " Great collection of stories exploring the heart's subterfuges and underground wanderings--not consistently as great as The Namesake, but well worth the read. (9 out of 10). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 1/21/2012

    " I despise short stories. Why did I read this, I'm still not sure. It is a good book and very well written, just not my cup of tea. If you enjoy short stories, you'll love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Churchill | 12/3/2011

    " I loved this book; so straightforward, so simple, so beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Havah Shah | 7/17/2011

    " I really liked all the short stories but one, and were disappointed when they were over. The author has such a strong voice that shines through with all her characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huma | 5/15/2011

    " It's okay. I'm probably biased because I'm South Asian and can recognize classical stories or parables or whatever that she lifted some of the plots from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepti | 5/12/2011

    " I didn't understand all of them at first but after I read The Namesake, I got used to her style and then enjoyed the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/12/2011

    " A very subtle book that becomes less so as you think about it. It is a good reminder that every person who moves to the U.S. has their own story and left behind loved ones and traditions and beliefs that brought them comfort.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/9/2011

    " Lahiri also in my top five authors. Simple writing and details that paint the scene, the characters, and the dynamics perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 5/6/2011

    " It's been years since I read this book, but I remember being amazed at the descriptive details and the character development, and it's one of the few books stored on my bedside tables/bookshelves. In fact, I used excerpts as examples for my creative writing classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 5/5/2011

    " I liked it although it is not for everybody. Poignant stories of Indians who have resettled in Canada and the USA. Explores the boundaries of the two cultures becoming blurred. Subtle and ironic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pallavi | 5/5/2011

    " There is something melancholy in the way that Jhumpa Lahiri writes that appeals to me. She also does an amazing job of capturing life as an Indian American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/2/2011

    " Amazing book. Perfect for a rainy day when you might be feeling particularly depressed or lonely. The writing is beautiful, the characters are honest, and the stories... well, it's really good. read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/30/2011

    " Great collection of short stories! I don't usually like short stories at all but these ones were really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shama | 4/28/2011

    " I assumed I was done with the Indian fiction diaspora, but, this gift from a friend changed my mine. Great short story collection by a talented author. "

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About the Author
Author Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is a London-born American author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction who has won more than a dozen awards and medals, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut short-story collection, Interpreter of Maladies. Among her other honors are the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, the Addison Metcalf Award, and a National Humanities Medal. She is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

About the Narrator

Matilda Novak has been involved in nearly every facet of voice-over for twenty-five years. She is honored to be one of those for whom professional audiobook narration began under the direction of Bob Deyan. She grew up in a trilingual household and enjoys using accents in her work. A trained actor, she holds a masters degree in communication from Regent University and has been a member of the Actor’s Co-op Theater Company in Hollywood.