Fresh from reading and discussing a book about the importance of reading, with special attention to short stories (The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, in which every chapter was preceded by a paragraph discussing a particular famous story), the Field Notes Book Group will be reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, a collection of short stories, for our February discussion.
Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake (the latter of which was made into a movie), and this collection of stories was chosen to top the list of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, in addition to winning the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
The stories are about Indian American characters and their adjustments to their mixed cultures, the traditional and the modern, the Indian and the American, and we expect to have our usual lively and far ranging discussion when we meet on February 18 from 11 to 12:30 at the Field Library Gallery, where we will, as usual, share coffee and donuts with our insights. Come and join us! Copies of the book will be available starting this week at the Field Library.
Oh, and if you happen to be doing the 2017 Reading Challenge, Unaccustomed Earth happens to cover two categories — a collection of short stories by a female author and a book about immigration.