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Nina Reed

Jhumpa Lahiri is a realist writer of today. Her work is inspired by her experience as an Indian growing up in America and never quite fitting in with both her traditional Indian background and her new American community. Lahiri’s stories express her personal encounter with evading her Indian heritage. She involves in her work the everyday struggles of being stuck between two cultures and remaining true to one’s self. The majority of her stories incorporate her main character having an identity crisis. Lahiri herself, as well as some of her close friends, battled with defining her sense of self as well as how it affected her personal relationships. The author’s stories are relatable in a sense that it deals with the
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She also received her Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies, from Boston University. Though she did well in her studies, it took earning her PhD to realize what she genuinely wanted to do with her life:

Eventually I had enough material to apply to the creative writing program at Boston University. But once that ended, unsure of what to do next, I went on to graduate school and got my Ph.D. In the process, it became clear to me that I was not meant to be a scholar. It was something I did out of a sense of duty and practicality, but it was never something I loved. I still wrote stories on the side, publishing things here and there. The year I finished my dissertation, I was also accepted to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and that changed everything. It was something of a miracle. In seven months I got an agent, sold a book, and had a story published in The New Yorker. I've been extremely lucky. It's been the happiest possible ending.

Jhumpa’s success did not stop there. In 2000, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her debut Interpreter of Maladies, which is a compilation of nine short stories. These short stories help the reader gain an understanding of Indian immigrants’ life experiences in America. She has since the written two more books.

Her first novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003. The story is about an Indian family who struggle with their cultural and the generational barriers of their children. In the book, Lahiri uses the term

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