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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:
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Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. This, her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, features characters 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 cultures 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.

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Quotes & Awards

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


  • “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 Great New Writers 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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