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The namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
Adult Fiction LAHIRI

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Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London, England on July 11, 1967. She received a B.A. in English literature from Barnard College in 1989, and later received a M.A. in English, a M.A. in Creative Writing, a M.A. in Comparative Studies in Literature and the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies from Boston University. Lahiri taught creative writing at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her debut work, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000. She has also won the PEN/Hemmingway Award, an O. Henry Award, The New Yorker's best debut of the year award, and an Addison Metcalf award. Her other works include The Namesake, which was made into a movie in 2007, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland which was nominated for both a National Book Award and The Man Booker Award in 2013. Lahiri primarily writes about Indian immigrants in America who must navigate between the cultural values of their birthplace and their adopted home. (Bowker Author Biography)

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