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Book Review Central: Interpreter of Maladies

Written By: Susan - Feb• 15•14

maladiesMy name is Linda, and I work part-time at the Adult Circulation Desk here at the Central Branch. I’m an avid reader of fiction and enjoy talking about books and sharing my thoughts about books that I’ve read. I’ve decided this year instead of focusing on new fiction like I usually do, that I’ll concentrate on reading some older titles that have been on my list for awhile.

I made a list of 12 older fiction titles that I intend to read this year, along with the 3 or 4 new books that I read in a month. My first pick to read from my list of 12 was chosen because I like the title, because I want to read “The Namesake” also by this author, and because the author had a new book come out late last year. The book I read is “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is a collection of short stories, and I don’t usually read short stories because by the time you get really acquainted with the characters, the story is over. I picked this collection to read, however, because it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000. The 9 stories in the collection seem to have common themes of self-discovery and evolving relationships, and I did enjoy them. All of the stories are rich in detail, and characters are well-developed even though each story is only 20 pages or so in length.

If you’ve never read short stories, I would recommend this as a great collection to start with. If, like me, short stories are not something you usually read, I would recommend this book as a nice change of pace. I’m not going to start reading more short stories, but I do look forward to other books by this author, because I liked her style of writing and her many cultural details and references. In fact, I’m just going to move on to her well-regarded book, “The Namesake”. I’ll let you know what I think!

If you’re looking for the next title in a series, want to start a new series, or need some reading suggestions, please stop by the desk and talk to me. I’m always willing to talk about books! I’d also be happy to share with you the list of 12 older fiction titles that I intend to read this year.

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