Books and Sails

Today, the leaves fell into each other. Small origami ships sail into the clouded sky. Words swaddled in pressed pulp, float then sink into the page. It’s a day for reading.

I have a stack of books next to the bed. A few pages read from each. If I could consume them simultaneously I would indulge so. I finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth. The title story, “Unaccustomed Earth” and the second story, “Hell-Heaven” were my favorites for their intimate portrayal of character. Lahiri writes about the Bengali-immigrant experience in this collection as well as in her first book of short stories, The Interpreter of Maladies, and her novel The Namesake. Her characters are rife with conflict, both cultural and personal. In the latest collection, she loops the stories with a common theme, how the second generation of Indian-American immigrants balance their parent’s traditional ways with their modern American experience. The result, a page turner, both simple and elegant.
Remaining books in the stack: Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero and Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project

What’s on your bedside table?

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