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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Interpreter of Maladies returns with her first short story collection since the publication of her number one New York Times best seller Unaccustomed Earth—a major literary event and a tour de force

Nine mesmerizing stories saturated in the details of Roman life that showcase Jhumpa Lahiri’s extraordinary range and virtuosity.

An immigrant family confronts the devastating aftershocks of racial violence. A young couple discovers the joy of domestic comfort and then spirals into unrelenting misfortune. A group of strangers orbit each other unknowingly as they ascend and descend the ancient steps that anchor their neighborhood. An annual garden party sews the seed of a haunting marital betrayal. In story after story, Lahiri delivers her richest and most stirring work yet in a collection whose themes reverberate with the tensions of modern urban life: dislocation and deracination, visibility and invisibility, the difficulty of straddling worlds and cultures, the meaning of home. Roman Stories is a magnificent testament to Lahiri’s dazzling style and unalloyed mastery of the short form.
© Laura Sciacovelli
JHUMPA LAHIRI, a bilingual writer and translator, is the Millicent C. McIntosh Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Barnard College, Columbia University. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies and is also the author of The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland. Since 2015, Lahiri has been writing fiction, essays, and poetry in Italian: In Altre Parole (In Other Words), Il Vestito dei libri (The Clothing of Books), Dove mi trovo (self-translated as Whereabouts), Il quaderno di Nerina, and Racconti romani. She received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2014, and in 2019 was named Commendatore of the Italian Republic by President Sergio Mattarella. Her most recent book in English, Translating Myself and Others, was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. 

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Interpreter of Maladies returns with her first short story collection since the publication of her number one New York Times best seller Unaccustomed Earth—a major literary event and a tour de force

Nine mesmerizing stories saturated in the details of Roman life that showcase Jhumpa Lahiri’s extraordinary range and virtuosity.

An immigrant family confronts the devastating aftershocks of racial violence. A young couple discovers the joy of domestic comfort and then spirals into unrelenting misfortune. A group of strangers orbit each other unknowingly as they ascend and descend the ancient steps that anchor their neighborhood. An annual garden party sews the seed of a haunting marital betrayal. In story after story, Lahiri delivers her richest and most stirring work yet in a collection whose themes reverberate with the tensions of modern urban life: dislocation and deracination, visibility and invisibility, the difficulty of straddling worlds and cultures, the meaning of home. Roman Stories is a magnificent testament to Lahiri’s dazzling style and unalloyed mastery of the short form.

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© Laura Sciacovelli
JHUMPA LAHIRI, a bilingual writer and translator, is the Millicent C. McIntosh Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Barnard College, Columbia University. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies and is also the author of The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland. Since 2015, Lahiri has been writing fiction, essays, and poetry in Italian: In Altre Parole (In Other Words), Il Vestito dei libri (The Clothing of Books), Dove mi trovo (self-translated as Whereabouts), Il quaderno di Nerina, and Racconti romani. She received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2014, and in 2019 was named Commendatore of the Italian Republic by President Sergio Mattarella. Her most recent book in English, Translating Myself and Others, was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. 

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