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JHUMPA LAHIRI

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A graduate of the South Kingstown School System, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2000 for her collection of short stories The Interpreter of Maladies. Ms. Lahiri was born in 1967 in London, England, and at a young age she moved to Rhode Island. Currently, she resides in New York City.

Her first novel, The Namesake, takes the Gangoli family from Calcutta to America. Lahiri interweaves the immigrant experience within the conflicts of two cultures and several generations. The Namesake was made into a film in 2006, directed by Mira Nair and starring Kal Penn.  

Her most recent book, the short-story collection Unaccustomed Earth, was published in 2008 and received widespread acclaim, named one of The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2008 and awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize of Europe and South Asia.

“A writer of uncommon sensitivity and restraint...Ms. Lahiri expertly captures the out-of-context lives of immigrants, expatriates, and first-generation Americans” (The Wall Street Journal).

“In stories that travel from India to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner. Honored as ‘Debut of the Year’ by The New Yorker and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Interpreter of Maladies introduces a young writer of astonishing maturity and insight who ‘breathes unpredictable life into the page’" (The New York Times).