Unaccustomed Earth – Part II
I just finished Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth” and loved it! Part I was four independent short stories, all uniquely interesting and engaging, but unrelated. Part II was three short stories that focused on the same characters, from different viewpoints and at different times.
Part II tells the stories of Hema and Kaushik, who meet as children, grow apart as they get older and meet again as adults. As children they share nothing but proximinty and perhaps a crush, but as adults they learn that a shared childhood may be more common ground then they have with anyone else.
Hema and Kaushik’s stories were unique, entertaining, disappointing, heartbreaking and loving. The lives they led were very different, but were built on a common ground, which made their reconciliation all the more captivating, but ultimately, all the more heartbreaking.