Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories centered on Indian characters and their lives either in their native land or their stories as immigrants in the US. Lahiri captures the voice, history and personality of her characters beautifully. Some stories seem to be written in modern day with the only nod to India in the names or foods. Others take place during tumultuous times in India’s history. Lahiri has a great talent of pulling the reader into a story that might just be mundane or boring if penned by any other hand. Out of the nine stories, there were only two that I didn’t care for or connect with while reading.
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Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein