Jhumpa Lahiri’s new collection of eight stories, Unaccustomed Earth (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), will be out in April 2008. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award for her début story collection, Interpreter of Maladies (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin, 1999) in 2000. And her first novel, The Namesake (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), was adapted as a movie by celebrated Indian filmmaker Mira Nair in 2006.
The title “Unaccustomed Earth” is borrowed from a line in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Custom-House,” from the introduction to The Scarlet Letter (1850): “Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.”