I’ve been a fan of Jhumpa Lahiri’s writing ever since reading her debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies. She has a new novel, The Lowland, coming out, and so the New York Times has featured a brief but intriguing interview with her. Turns out she shares my love of Thomas Hardy, but also of Flannery O’Connor and C. S. Lewis’s Narnia. Born in London of Bengali Indian parents, but a longtime resident of the American northeast, Lahiri’s thoughts on “immigrant fiction” are particularly interesting.
ELSEWHERE: Jhumpa Lahiri’s World
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Geoffrey Reiter is Assistant Professor of English at the Baptist College of Florida. He holds a B.A. in English from Nyack College and a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University, along with an M.A. in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.