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On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel, The Lowland, is on the long list for the National Book Award and the shortlist for the Man Booker. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Lahiri should start making room in her trophy cabinet; The Lowland is a beautiful tale of a family transformed by political violence.
It's been a good summer for author Jhumpa Lahiri. Her new novel, The Lowland, has been nominated for two major literary prizes. But reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that while the book is elegantly structured, she wished for more humanity from the characters.
India's politics and history play a central role in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. In the Booker Prize-nominated novel, an Indian radical is killed, and his wife and brother start over in America. Lahiri tells NPR's Lynn Neary that the story was inspired by true events, but very unlike her own life.
The heroines in the early stories of author Mavis Gallant deal with a reality Gallant herself knew — the freedom, and loneliness, of expatriate life. Those stories have been collected in a new book called The Cost of Living.
Nationality, tradition and belonging: The themes of Jhumpa Lahiri's fiction spring from the complexities of the author's own life. Born to Indian parents in London and raised in Rhode Island, Lahiri says she's struggled for four decades to feel like she belongs in America.
Jhumpa Lahiri offers a new collection of stories exploring the rich terrain of Bengali-American life. The book is the third from the Pulitzer Prize winner.
Jhumpa Lahiri's new collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, focuses on a subject the author knows intimately: Bengali-Americans struggling to make sense of their adopted homeland.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's discusses Unaccustomed Earth, her new collection of short stories. Lahiri's writing illuminates the experiences of first and second generation Americans who trace their roots to South Asia, and how the quest to become successful in this country can exact a price.
Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth, a new collection of short stories that chronicles the cultural alienation that exists between Indian-born parents and their American-born children.
In The Namesake, the film based on the best-selling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, a family from India struggles with the immigrant experience and the meaning of identity. Director Mira Nair and actor Kal Penn discuss the film.