Jhumpa Lahiri: Five Acclaimed Works By The Author That You Must Read


Jhumpa Lahiri is a Pulitzer prize-winning writer who has a large collection of novels and short stories. Here are some of the best works of fiction by her.

Written By Yashika Sharma | Mumbai | Updated On:
Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is an American author of Indian descent. The writer was born in London to a Bengali Indian immigrant family. She has received multiple degrees from Boston University: an M.A. in English, M.A. in Comparative Literature, M.A. in Creative Writing, and PhD in Renaissance Studies. The writer won the Pulitzer Prize for her 2000 release Interpreter of Maladies.

Here are some of the novels by the Pulitzer Prize winner:

The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri’s most famous work is The Namesake which was published in the year 2003. The Namesake is a diasporic novel that traces the story of the Ganguli family. The family shifts to America from Calcutta and thus the story starts unravelling. The book looks at the themes of family, identity, parental love, and nostalgia. The novel was adapted into a movie starring Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Kal Penn, and Sahira Nair in 2006.

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Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies was published in the year 2000. Lahiri looked at the Indian traditions and their mix with the modern new world. It is a collection of short stories. The title story looks at an interpreter who takes an American couple through the journey of India and its culture.

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The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri came up with The Lowland in the year 2013. The novel is historical fiction. The novel is a poignantly written work of fiction by Lahiri and talks about family ties and unforeseen problems. According to Goodreads, it is her most devastating work of fiction to date.

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Unaccustomed Earth

Unaccustomed Earth is yet another collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. The book takes us from place to place, Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. The stories talk about various kinds of relationships like those between fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, friends and lovers. The collection was published in 2008.

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In Other Words

In Other Words is a non-fiction attempt by Jhumpa Lahiri. The book is an autobiography by the author. The book is written in a dual-language format. It traces her journey from her self-reflection to reinvention and belonging. The book was published in the year 2016.

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