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.
©2008 Jhumpa Lahiri; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
"Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display in this collection: the gorgeous, effortless prose; the characters haunted by regret, isolation, loss, and tragedies big and small; and most of all, a quiet, emerging sense of humanity." (Khaled Hosseini)
"The author's ability to flesh out completely even minor characters in every story...is what will keep readers invested in the work until its heartbreaking conclusion." (Library Journal)
The book is a few short stories of second generation Bengalis in the US. Good storytelling that makes the mundane interesting.
I wish I would have read Isabelle's review before wasting a credit:
"It was so uninteresting to me that I hardly could go to the second story...In fact, I didn't and will not try listen to the rest of it."
As I just did the same thing. I'll keep it on my Ipod when I run out of things to do, I just might go to book 2.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self
This is a book of those bunch of short stories, some of them which are plain right boring and don't reach anywhere with their storyline. All stories have roots to Bengal, India and seriously it wouldn't have made any difference otherwise. Definitely overrated. Writing this review, I don't even remember some of the stories. Phew...
I think if I were of this culture it may have more meaning. To me it was boring and lacked anything to make me keep listening. I am only half way through and I will not finish this book.
It was so uninteresting to me that I hardly could go to the second story...In fact, I didn't and will not try listen to the rest of it.
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