What does it mean to be Indian in America? How do you sustain a marriage in the face of distance and difference? How can a poor woman in India survive? These are the kinds of questions Lahiri tackles in her collection of short stories.
The first story, A Temporary Matter, is raw, heartbreaking and beautiful. Shoba and Shukumar recently lost their baby. When the power goes out, they spend more time talking than they have in months. As the story develops, they learn more about each other and what their relationship has meant. I was crying by the end.