Title Profile & Character Information

Interpreter of Maladies

Annotation
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.

Awards
1999  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2000  The New Yorker Book Awards
2000  Pulitzer Prize
1999  Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award

GenreCollection
Fiction
Sociological
Domestic
Literary
TopicsEast Indian Americans
East Indian culture
Cultural identity
Immigrants
Cultural assimilation
East Indian Americans
East Indian culture
Cultural identity
Immigrants
Cultural assimilation
SettingIndia
India