Like Anne, I have recently been making a foray into a genre I don’t usually read: the short story. Actually, Jhumpa Lahiri has been a writer whose work I seek out in any genre ever since my first experience with her writing — a short story in The New Yorker.
I find Lahiri’s prose amazing, and Unaccustomed Earth is very, very good. While almost all the main characters in Lahiri’s works are Indian or Indian-American, in many of the stories you feel they don’t have to be. They are real people with real problems, whatever their nationality. The second half of this collection is a three-story novella, and it is fantastic. The collection is worth reading just for these stories, called ‘Hema and Kaushik,’ which are among the most powerful works I’ve read all year.