Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, 197 pages
Book Awards IV: Pen/Hemingway 1999 & Pulitzer 2000
Lovely collection of short stories, mostly about immigrant Indians, and fitting in. I'm a fan of short stories, and I liked these, but I wouldn't have finished this collection thinking it was a Pulitzer winner. That is because I need a bit more over all story or plot to a book to make me say wow, like a Stephen King collection, or there can be character development, like in Olive Kitteridge, but I'd like to be more attached to the characters.
Having said that, Lahiri manages to write wonderful short stories, with characters that are fully fleshed out in very short amounts of time. I've wondered about the title, and it is named for the character who is multilingual, and translates for a doctor when patients from small areas of India come to his office. That story was an interesting take on what makes something romantic, and it usually is just what you don't have. The unusual is enticing to what might be missing in your own life.
A solid 4 out of 5 stars from me for Lahiri's celebrated collection. I tried to pick up the book and read one story a day, so each could be enjoyed on its own.
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