One Book, One Chicago Fall 2006
“As a daughter of Fijian Indian immigrants I found myself weaving back and forth between two very different worlds; my eastern life with my family at home and my western life outside the home with my American friends. Not belonging entirely to either world I felt as if I was living two separate lives. For many years I felt a private solitude and it was not until I heard the stories of other children of immigrants that I was fully able to understand who I was as an Indian, as an American and most importantly as a person.”
—Alpana Singh, television host and author
Writings by Jhumpa Lahiri
Food & Wine, April 2000
Reprinted in Sustenance & Desire: A Food Lover’s Anthology of Sensuality & Humor. Edited by Bascove. D. R. Godine, 2004.
The New Yorker, March 12, 2001
Reprinted in The Best American Short Stories, 2002. Edited by Sue Miller. Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
The New Yorker, May 24, 2004
Reprinted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2005. Edited by Dave Eggers. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
“The Long Way Home: Cooking Lessons”
The New Yorker, September 6, 2004
“The Melancholy, Echoing Call of a Bird”
New York Times, June 19, 2005
“Once in a Lifetime”
The New Yorker, May 8, 2006
About Jhumpa Lahiri
“Reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies as a Short Story Cycle”
By Noelle Brada-Williams
Melus 29, Fall 2004
In this scholarly essay, Brada-Williams sees the opposition between care and neglect as a central theme that ties the stories in the collection together.
Authors & Artists for Young Adults v. 56
Gale Research, 2004
A short biography of the author.
“A Temporary Matter, Jhumpa Lahiri, 1998”
Short Stories for Students
Gale Group, 2003
A study guide for students. Includes background, plot summary and short critical essays.
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
By Julia Alvarez
By Sandra Cisneros
Diamond Dust: Stories
By Anita Desai
A Passage to India
By E.M. Forster
The Question of Bruno
By Aleksandar Hemon
Empress of the Splendid Season
By Oscar Hijuelos
Who’s Irish?: Stories
By Gish Jen
By Jamaica Kincaid
By Andrea Levy
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
By Marina Lewycka
Finding the Center
By V.S. Naipaul
The Grandmother’s Tale and Other Stories
By R.K. Narayan
The Death of Vishnu
By Manil Suri
Joy Luck Club
By Amy Tan
For Kids and Teens
No matter where they are—from India to Illinois—or what their experiences—from joyous and laughter-filled to confusing and difficult—the young people in these amazing stories are powerfully and wonderfully influenced by their own rich heritage.
By Narinder Dhami
Delecorte, 2004 (Ages 9-13)
Amber, Jazz and Geena don’t have a mother or a father around anymore, so their traditional and meddling aunt comes from India to watch over them, but the girls soon plot to send her packing with hilarious and heartwarming results.
By Kashmira Sheth
Hyperion, 2004 (Ages 11-13)
Twelve-year-old Seema doesn’t think that she’ll ever feel at home in America instead of India, but she comes to learn that the meanings of love and family aren’t dependent on where you live.
By Tanuja Desai Hidier
Scholastic, 2002 (Ages 14 and up)
Sometimes you have to look in unexpected places to find where you are in life.
By Gloria Whelan
HarperCollins, 2000 (Ages 12-15)
Thirteen-year-old Koly is married, widowed and abandoned in a city of those just like her where she discovers a gift that enriches her body and soul.
Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
By Kashmira Sheth
Hyperion, 2006 (Ages 14 and up)
Set in a richly envisioned modern day Mumbai, this is an intriguing story of one teen’s discovery of her own life’s path, despite her parents’ own ideas of what that will be.
Lowji Discovers America
By Candace Fleming
Atheneum, 2005 (Ages 8-11)
When 9-year-old Lowji Sanjana moves with his family to Hamlet, Ill., he has great hopes of having a pet and making friends. His first American expression, “bummer,” describes this experience.
By Anjali Banerjee
Random House, 2005 (Ages 11-14)
It’s hard to fit in when you are the only Indian-born kid in your tiny Canadian town and your beautiful cousin visiting from India steals the heart of the boy on whom you have your heart set.
Premlata and the Festival of Lights
By Rumer Godden
Greenwillow, 1996 (Ages 9-12)
Premlata doesn’t think her poor family in Bengal will be able to celebrate the light festival Diwali; that is until a very special elephant comes along to help them out.
Rani and Sukh
By Bali Rai
Corgi, 2004 (Ages 14 and up)
This modern-day Romeo and Juliet sets its scene in England where two young people fall in love despite the past conflict between their families and the tragedy that it brought about.
By Suzanne Fisher Staples
FSG, 2000 (Ages 12 and up)
From her birth during a great storm, Parvati has known that she must face temptations and sacrifices in order to become a true servant of the god Shiva.