Interpreter of Maladies

Lahiri, Jhumpa (Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Interpreter of Maladies

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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 culture 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. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.

Baker & Taylor
A debut collection of short fiction blends elements of Indian traditions with the complexities of American culture in such tales as "A Temporary Matter," in which a young Indian-American couple confronts their grief over the loss of a child, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Authors: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Statement of Responsibility: Jhumpa Lahiri
Title: Interpreter of maladies
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Book designed by Robert Overholtzer; jacket designed by Steven Cooley
Photograph of the author on rear flap of dust jacket by Jerry Bauer
Contents: A temporary matter
When Mr. Pirzada came to dine
Interpreter of maladies
A real durwan
Mrs. Sen's
This blessed house
The treatment of Bibi Haldar
The third and final continent
Binding: Bound in black quarter cloth over boards with gray paper covers; printed dust jacket
Awards & Distinctions: Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2000
PEN/Hemingway Award, 2000
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift: NYPL Gift Shop, June 2005 00001954
Subject Headings: East Indian Americans Social life and customs Fiction Lahiri, Jhumpa Portraits
Genre/Form: Short stories
Dust jackets (Binding)
Authors' presentation inscriptions (Provenance)
Topical Term: East Indian Americans
LCCN: 98050895
ISBN: 039592720X
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Research Call Number: JFD 99-10703
Berg Coll Lahiri I68 1999
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Aug 03, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While I did enjoy these stories, I felt that none lived up to the promise of the very first tale in the book. Such an amazing story, engagingly told. Nothing else in the book touched it, for me anyway, though I did enjoy the other stories. Would recommend this collection - a good read.

Mar 05, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

These are some really good short stories.

Jan 08, 2014
  • sbkaur rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

After 4-5 stories, there is a dull ache for the reader. Great writing, but a sameness to the characters and themes.

Dec 28, 2013
  • msmigels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ms. Lahiri’s stories are absorbing and her plots elegantly constructed; she has the ability to create masterful stories using such unlikely contexts. As I finished most of them, I wished each story had been developed into a whole novel.

Dec 26, 2013
  • rmbelyea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

.Wonderful collection of short stories! My book club enjoyed discussing how the stories made us think about being an outsider, the great circle of life and finding hope & forgiveness. Not to mention some unforgettable characters!

Aug 16, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loaned to me by a coworker. Don't normally enjoy short stories, but these were great. Really touching, amazing writing.

Jan 17, 2012
  • BrigidScott rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved these stories. What are the odds that her first time up at bat, she hits a HOME RUN!!!?

Oct 14, 2010
  • ewakk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent, very intricate writing. Enjoyed it immensely.

A very good collection of short stories. My favorite story is the first one. It touched my heart.

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Dec 26, 2013
  • rmbelyea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"How about telling each other something we've never told before." (from A Temporary Matter)


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