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by | Read by Sarita Choudhury

Fiction • 10 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2003

Jhumpa Lahiri, author of a Pulitzer Prize-wining short story collection, offers as her first novel the multigenerational story of the Ganguli family, who arrive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from Calcutta in the 1960s. Over 40 years, we follow the arranged marriage of Western-oriented Ashoke and his traditional wife, Ashima, and the efforts of their children to live both American and Indian lives. It's an involving novel, replete with Lahiri's trademark social observations and fine-tuned jewel-like phrasing. Sarita Choudhury has a pleasant voice, and manages an American-accented narration and Bengali accents very well. One comment on the production quality, however--sudden changes in the narrator's tone and the sound level indicate that many words and phrases were rerecorded and dubbed into the original. It's a bit off-putting in an otherwise excellent audiobook. A.C.S. 2004 Audie Award Finalist
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 04]



Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2003

CS ISBN 0739306952 $24.95 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 0739341367 $34.95 • Nine CDs

DD ISBN $24.47


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2003

CS ISBN 0736694269 $48.00 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 0736695300 $64.00 • Nine CDs

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