No Twilight Books On This List Of The Best-Selling Fiction of 2008

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2008 was a year of extremes. We’ve got deep philosophical musings about the inner workings of mankind all the way to slapstick and Harry Potter tie-ins. Let’s review:
No Twilight Books On This List Of The Best-Selling Fiction of 2008

5Unaccustomed Earth

If you’ve never read any of Jumpha Lahiri’s stories, it’s about time you did. Lahiri is an Indian-American author who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. Since then she’s published one novel called The Namesake before finally revealing this year’s short story collection Unaccustomed Earth. Like her earlier stories, these tend to follow the people that that Lahiri knows best: Bengali immigrants and upper-crust suburban intellectuals. The narrowness of the scope may be her greatest weakness. She describes an old-fashioned American society that few of us will recognize and we don’t mean the Bengali side of it. However, she more than compensates for it. In combining these two worlds she tones each one down. Her stories are neither only an exploration of immigration or of only stories of unrelated individuals. They are a well meshed combination that lets us feel for the immigrant characters as individuals, not just as a category within society.

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