Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Genre: Compilation of short stories
I have to say that the medical library in UM is great. It is not only loaded with good medical books, it has a section of fictions for light-reading. I remember chancing upon this book, Interpreter of Maladies very early in my second year. And I read it on my trip back to Ipoh one fine Friday afternoon.
The stories are profoundly real, sad, cruel, and very very Asian. Most of the characters are Indians anyway. She wrote about the stuff that she is familiar with. Stories about settling down in a new place, about marriage infidelity, about love gone sour, about middle class agony and all that.
Each stories has its pain, its joy and its irony. I forgot most of it, but I remember it is a very pleasant read. In fact, I just borrowed it for another re-reading session.
I want you all to get hold of this. It is really good. If I am not wrong, I think it won the Pulitzer Prize 2000.