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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (39,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Narrator: Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand.

In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

In A Choice of Accommodations, a husband's attempt to turn an old friend's wedding into a romantic getaway weekend with his wife takes a dark, revealing turn as the party lasts deep into the night.

In Only Goodness, a sister eager to give her younger brother the perfect childhood she never had is overwhelmed by guilt, anguish, and anger when his alcoholism threatens her family.

And in Hema and Kaushik - a trio of linked stories and a luminous, intensely compelling elegy of life, death, love, and fate - we follow the lives of a girl and boy who, one winter, share a house in Massachusetts. They travel from innocence to experience on separate, sometimes painful paths, until destiny brings them together again years later in Rome. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tzviya | 2/16/2014

    " Short stories are clearly Lahiri's art. Some of these are as good as Interpreter of Maladies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn Leong | 2/14/2014

    " I love this author's voice, writing style, and sense of place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Long | 2/13/2014

    " 'Unaccustomed Earth' was amazing. The loosely connected short stories 'Hema and Kaushik' are absolutely beautiful and haunting and everything right about words. Normally, I don't read a lot of short story collections, but writers like Jhumpa Lahiri and Alice Munro always make me think I should change that. Really, really excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Bischke | 2/13/2014

    " An enjoyable return to short stories, beautifully crafted. I greatly enjoy Jhumpa's writing but worry that all of her writing too singly thematic: the highly intelligent first generation Indian or Pakistani played off against the traditional parents who are newly struggling to live in the US or England. Beautiful stories, but let's hope that in future efforts she stretches herself to new heights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Hartzler | 2/5/2014

    " Jhumpa Lahiri is a wonderful writer. Her words flow effortlessly and her she has a great talent to keeping you on edge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/20/2014

    " Read this on the heels of Interpreter of Maladies, and it was a worthy sequel. These stories were generally longer, quite cohesive, and altogether engaging. If short story collections are your choice, these are not to be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Pearcy | 1/20/2014

    " One of the best collections of stories I've read in a long time. Better than interpreter of maladies for which she won the Pulitzer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Achhireddy | 1/10/2014

    " Mostly short stories with one tale that is interspersed throughout the others and eventually comes to a very sad end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Szetela | 1/9/2014

    " Excellent collection of short stories, including the trilogy of stories at the end, which struck me as tragic and both a near-miss and what-if. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/24/2013

    " Wow. Perfect. Need a deep breath or two after the last few lines. "

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

    " i normally don't like short story collections, but the characters and the way she describes their relationships were real enough (especially from a first generation kid) to keep me interested. good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Weibling | 11/26/2013

    " I didn't realize it was short stories until I finished the first one. I loved the stories. Will definitely read this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth McKenna | 11/24/2013

    " Beautiful writing as usual from Jhumpa Lahiri, but the stories are too sad for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 6/3/2013

    " read half - very well written, but a bit redundant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muki | 5/13/2013

    " I don't usually like short stories but I found that I wanted each story to be just a bit longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz V | 5/2/2013

    " This was a devastating, lovely collection. I adored it from beginning to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vonaire | 12/22/2012

    " I love this woman, and everything she writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Caldwell | 11/20/2012

    " I would have gave this book four stars if it weren't for the last half about Hema and Kaushik. I found that whole story fairly dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 10/6/2012

    " Don't usually read short stories but really enjoyed each story . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 6/28/2012

    " I'm a sucker for short stories and this collection is the ultimate indulgence with it's lyrical prose and emotions so real I wanted to reach out and touch the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 5/30/2012

    " Beautifully written short stories that hang together with threads of relationships....wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/30/2012

    " I loved this collection. Lahiri's prose style is so beautiful and intricate. The only fault I can find is that a lot of the stories are pretty similar. It is definitely worth reading though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deeba Khan | 2/19/2012

    " very beautifully written, stories kept me so emotionally involved and connected to my roots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayman | 1/29/2012

    " beautiful, as expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna L. | 9/9/2011

    " Great collection of Lahiri's, and can I just say, "Hell-Heaven" was the best short story I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/20/2011

    " I was given this book to listen to on audio by a co-worker. This book isn't something that I would normally read, but I enjoyed it. It was very interesting. I give the book 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/17/2011

    " I liked the short stories, and I liked the male/female narrator, but most of all I liked talking about this book with my book club ladies while eating homemade, authentic Indian food. It was a great night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 5/17/2011

    " You will be sad when each story ends. I wanted each one to continue on, as they all could have become entire novels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/17/2011

    " I don't even like short-stories but this was amazing! Lahiri is such a great story-teller. "

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

    " Great collection of short stories. The way she weaves her stories is just fantastic. "

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

    " Lahiri doesn't go for the big sell, but quietly, surely makes the lives of ordinary people emerge to remind us that living life is sometimes the hardest work we do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shira | 4/28/2011

    " Every time I read one of Lahiri's books I am in awe. She picks up on nuances of life that many of us observe, but never think to articulate (and certainly not so eloquently), and it makes each of her books a joy. "

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