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Q&A: Jhumpa Lahiri on 'The Lowland' and her upbringing
Jhumpa Lahiri, who at 46 has already won a Pulitzer Prize (for her first book, the 1999 story collection "Interpreter of Maladies"), and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (for her new novel, "The Lowland"), does a number of things obviously well: Not one for literary gymnastics, she is a precisionist, a realist, not an ironist. She does not bend genre, slum among dystopias or gauge the state of the nation. A stern admirer of Thomas Hardy, Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant — all of whom remained thematically, stylistically, put — she writes about middle-class South Asian families, assimilation and estrangement.
September 22, 2013