The Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies book coverJhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer-prize winning collection of short stories, The Interpreter of Maladies, is comprised of nine stories that detail the lives of Indians and Indian Americans.  Most of the tales describe the conflict that ensues when Indians attempt to retain their Indian cultural identity while at the same time embracing their newfound identities in America.  Though the experiences may be common among immigrants from many countries, Lahiri expertly weaves in the rich flavors of contemporary India and makes her relatable protagonists come alive with unique and engaging personalities.