Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri’s third book, Unaccustomed Earth (Knopf, $25), is a collection of eight short stories, each of which packs the punch of a novel.  In the title story, Ruma debates the merits and disadvantages of asking her aging father to live with her growing family; in another, Sudha watches her brother throw away his life in the grips of an addiction he cannot control; in a third, Amit considers how his Bengali upbringing and values are so thoroughly different from those of his American wife, and how that affects their relationship. Lahiri deftly spins her satisfying stories in a way that not only makes you identify with the memorable characters, but also builds toward a stunning conclusion that will haunt you long after you close the book.

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ISBN: 9780307278258
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

A Mercy - Toni Morrison

In A Mercy (Knopf, $23.95), Nobel laureate Toni Morrison returns to the subject of slavery. It is a theme she wrote about beautifully in her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Beloved. This time, Morrison looks farther back, to the late 1600s, nearly a century before the colonies become the United States. Jacob Vaark settles a debt with a farmer in Maryland; his payment is a young girl named Florens. Florens takes up residence with the others in Vaark’s home. In this house of misfits, she grows to womanhood, believing the story that her mother had to give her up due to a debt. In the end, though, her situation proves more complex than she could have imagined. A Mercy is a meditation on slavery and on family—and it’s a wonderfully powerful novel.

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ISBN: 9780307264237
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Published: Knopf - November 11th, 2008

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ISBN: 9780307276766
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

Oh, no, I thought; I’m going to hate this: it’s written by two people; it’s in the form of letters; and World War Two has been done to death. I was wrong on all counts about The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Dial, $22), by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  During the Second World War, the Channel Islands were occupied by the Nazis. Shaffer, who wrote most of the book before she became critically ill, imagines that Juliet Ashton, a sophisticated London editor, received a letter from Dawsey Adams, a Literary Society member who found Ashton’s name written on the flyleaf of a book of Charles Lamb’s essays. After Dawsey invited her to visit Guernsey, Juliet’s life was irrevocably changed by the quiet heroism she discovered among the citizens of that island. It’s a charming homage to the power of literature.

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ISBN: 9780385340991
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Published: The Dial Press - July 29th, 2008

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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

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