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Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri was born 1967 in London, England, and raised in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she received a B.A. in English literature, and of Boston University, where she received an M.A. in English, M.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in Comparative Studies in Literature and the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was translated into twenty-nine languages and became a bestseller both in the United States and abroad. In addition to the Pulitzer, it received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison Metcalf Award, and a nomination for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Lahiri was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. The Namesake is Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

Awards: PEN (2017), Pulitzer (2000)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Namesake (2003)
   The Lowland (2013)
   Whereabouts (2021)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Hell-Heaven (2015)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction show
Books containing stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Very Indian Christmas (2024)
(Very Christmas)
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor

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2017 PEN/Malamud Award
2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction : Interpreter of Maladies
2000 PEN/Hemingway Award : Interpreter of Maladies

Award nominations
2014 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee) : The Lowland
2013 National Book Award for Fiction (shortlist) : The Lowland
2013 Booker Prize (shortlist) : The Lowland
2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (nominee) : The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri recommends
A Year of Last Things (2024)
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"My life always stops for a new book by Michael Ondaatje."
Very Cold People (2022)
Sarah Manguso
"Sarah Manguso is one of the most original and exciting writers working in English today. Every word feels necessary, and she's redefining genre as she goes."
Strangers I Know (2022)
Claudia Durastanti
"Formally innovative and emotionally complex, this novel explores themes of communication, family, and belonging with exceptional insight. Durastanti, celebrated in Italy for her intelligent voice and her hybrid perspective, speaks to all who are outside and in-between. Strangers I Know, in a bracing translation by Elizabeth Harris, is a stunning English-language debut."

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