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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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Namesake (2003)
   The Lowland (2013)
   Whereabouts (2021)
Anthologies edited
Novellas and Short Stories
   Hell-Heaven (2015)
Non fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2000) : Interpreter of Maladies
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2013) : The Lowland
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : The Lowland
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2014) : The Lowland
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2014) : The Lowland

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The Hummingbird (2021)
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My Year Abroad (2021)
Chang-Rae Lee
"For a quarter century now, from book to book, [Chang-rae Lee] has explored the ever-urgent themes of alienation, assimilation, and identity with unmatched assurance and acuity. He has redefined not only what it means to be American, but the fabric of the Great American Novel itself."
Last Stories (2018)
William Trevor
"An Irish writer, an international writer, a great writer. Put bluntly, he is revered by writers."
Calamity and Other Stories (2005)
Daphne Kalotay
"Few writers I know speak... with such clear-eyed compassion, such quiet humor and grace."
Moth Smoke (1998)
Mohsin Hamid
"[A] brisk, absorbing novel..."

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