The Genius of Jhumpa Lahiri

Here are five masterpieces from this Pulitzer-Winning wordsmith.
The Interpreters of Maladies

A compilation of nine short stories, The Interpreter of Maladies, written by Lahiri was published in 1999. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000 selling over 15 million copies worldwide. It was also chosen as The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year and is on Oprah Winfrey’s all time Top Ten Book List.
The Namesake

The Namesake (2003) is the first novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. It was originally a novella published in The New Yorker and was later expanded to a full-length novel. It explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes as her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.
The Lowland

A master narrator of beautiful prose about emigrants, Jhumpa Lahiri stayed true to her reputation with her second novel the Lowland. The Lowland talks about the story of two Bengali brothers in a novel that courses through time and space culminating into a poetic masterpiece. Arguably the best by Lahiri, The Lowland most aptly reflects her incredible talent for taking readers from one complex set piece to another with unimaginable smoothness.
The Unaccustomed Earth

The Unaccustomed Earth is Jhumpa Lahiri’s second collection of short stories, the first being the Pulitzer-winning Interpreter of Maladies. As with much of Lahiri’s work, Unaccustomed Earth
considers the lives of Bengali American characters and how they deal with their mixed cultural environment. Crafted with sheer brilliance of prose The Unaccustomed Earth is again a
masterpiece. These stories scrutinize the fate of the second and third generations of a traditional bengali family. As succeeding generations become increasingly assimilated into American culture and are comfortable in constructing perspectives outside of their country of origin, Lahiri’s fiction shifts to the needs of the individuals. She shows how later generations depart from the constraints of their immigrant parents, who are often devoted to their community and their responsibility to other immigrants.
In Treatment

Jhumpa Lahiri has also made her presence felt in the television space. She had worked on the third season of the HBO television program In Treatment. That season featured a character named Sunil, a widower who moves to the United States from India and struggles with grief and with culture shock.
Although she is credited as a writer on these episodes, her role was more as a consultant on how a Bengali man might perceive Brooklyn.