Larhiri is India's Jane Austen, and if read with that in mind you'll love these short stories. They are not to be read for a moral or social tidbit but for the dialogue. Her wordplay between family, friends and neighbors paint a beautiful tapestry. Pay attention to what is said and not said. If you do then you'll start to playback your own conversations between family, friends, and neighbors and be better for it.
My only critique is similar to my critique of Austen - conversation is important but constant chitchat never goes anywhere leaving you feeling like somebody gave you a $1 hamburger instead of the $10 one you ordered.
I'd say more but I'll reserve it for another conversation.
I would listen to anything Jhumpa Lahiri wrote. This book was very good, although I liked Interpreter of Maladies much more.
I initially enjoyed the first few stories in the book, both because they were something different, as well as getting a first glimpse into mixed Indian-American culture.
But as other reviewers have noted, the stories eventually seem to all sound the same, and by the end I couldn't wait to be done with this book.
I was further disappointed because most of the characters are miserable (to various degrees), and two of the tragic endings rely on completely implausible circumstances -- the resolutions come across as lazy, since the reader can imagine plausible circumstances that could have yielded the same results.
Real characters & truth in relationships connect us all. Beautifully written.
For once, a cast of decent readers! This is a beautiful book and I only wished each character would tell me more.
The book is a few short stories of second generation Bengalis in the US. Good storytelling that makes the mundane interesting.