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A NEW GENRE.....FOR ME
I don't usually read short stories, but two authors whose novels I have liked, both recently published short story collections, so I gave them a try.
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahira, author of The Namesake, is eight short stories all focusing on immigrants from Bengal in the US. All focus on the immigrant experience of adjusting to life in a different culture.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, is a collection of thirteen short stories, all involving Olive throughout the years. In some of the stories she is the central character, a minor character in others. All the human drama is represented: desire, despair, hope, love.
It pays to be more adventuresome in reading! Maybe I do like short stories afterall, or at least some short story collections.