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Jhumpa Lahiri was born in 1967 in London, and grew up in
Rhode Island. She has travelled several times to India, where both her
parents were born and raised. She graduated with a B.A. in English
literature from Barnard College. As a child she wrote extensive
'novels' in notebooks, sometimes in collaboration with friends.
She wrote for her school newspaper, but had stopped writing fiction
by the time she went to college. She applied to various graduate
English programs but was rejected from all of them. While waiting
to apply again, she took a job as a research assistant at a non-profit
institution in Cambridge.
In her own words:
For the first time I had a computer of my own at my desk, and I
started writing fiction again, more seriously. I used to stay late
and come in to work on stories. Eventually I had enough material to
apply to the creative writing program at Boston University. But
once that ended, unsure of what to do next, I went on to graduate
school and got my Ph.D. In the process, it became clear to me that
I was not meant to be a scholar. It was something I did out of a
sense of duty and practicality, but it was never something I loved.
I still wrote stories on the side, publishing things here and there.
The year I finished my dissertation, I was also accepted to the
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and that changed everything.
It was something of a miracle. In seven months I got an agent, sold
a book, and had a story published in The New Yorker. I've
been extremely lucky. It's been the happiest possible ending.
Eventually, Lahiri did enter Boston University, and received an
M.A. in English, an M.A. in Creative Writing, and an M.A. in
Comparative Literature and the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance
Studies. She currently lives in New York City.
Three of Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories have appeared in The
New Yorker in 1998. Her debut collection, Interpreter
of Maladies, came out in early 1999, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- The Pulitzer
- 'Interpreter of
Maladies' is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, 2000
- More on Lahiri and the
Pulitzer, at the SAJA website.
- Mira Nair
to film Lahiri story. Times of India, 16 Apr 00.
wins the Pulitzer Rediff article
for Lahiri. The Hindu, 11 Apr 00.
- Interviews & Newsclips
- 'interpreter of
identities' longs for home. Times of India, 16 Apr 00.
- Maladies of Belonging. Jhumpa
Lahiri interviewed by Vibhuti Patel, Newsweek International, 9/20/99.
Uncle Sam's Sisters, article in India Today. June 20.
first book gets raves. Rediff.
Mayor grouses about Lahiri's success :-), in Salon.
- A writer
free to write all day. Lahiri talks about being a fulltime writer,
- One on
one Arun Aguiar interviews Lahiri in Pif magazine. Sep 99.
- The Lowland
Random House (2013)
- Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan—charismatic and impulsive—finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.
But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind—including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.
Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.
- Sawnet Review by Lisa E.J. Lau, Anu Kumar
- Sins of the brothers (NYT)
- Jhumpa Lahiri comes up short (LA Times)
- Review in the Boston Globe
- Does her skill lie in short stories? (Guardian)
- Unaccustomed Earth
- Eight stories — longer and more emotionally complex than any she has yet written — that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers.
- Sawnet Review by Usha KR
- Interview in the Atlantic Monthly.
- Jhumpa Lahiri reads from the book at npr.org.
- Displaced Passions. Review in the New York Review of Books.
- The perils of assimilation. Review in Slate.
- For those on new soil. Review in the New York Times.
- Review by Jai Arjun Singh.
- A new emotional wisdom. Review in the Village Voice.
- Review in the Los Angeles Times.
- The Namesake
Houghton Mifflin. (2003)
- Sawnet Review by CJ Gillen, Mahmud Rahman
in Salon by Amy Reiter
- Outof the Overcoat. Stephen Metcalf in The New York Times.
Indian. Christopher Tilghman in the Washington Post.
- Interpreter of Maladies
iner Books. (1999)
- Sawnet Review by Susan Chacko, Rani Sinha
- Review in
Salon, by Charles Taylor.
in SF Chronicle
Crain's (rave) review in the New York Times.
voice echoing in the culture chasm. Review in the Oregonion, 11
in the Telegraph, Calcutta by Bhaswati Chakravorty. July 99.
mysteries of culture. Boston Phoenix, June 99.
- The Great
Divide. Anjana Basu writes from Calcutta, in Gowanusbooks.com
for the book
by Felice Aull
South Asian Women authors