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Relationships are connections associations and involvement between people Communication is the imparting or interchange of thoughts opinions or information by speech writing or signs To immigrate is to come to a country of which one is not a native andor to pass or come into a new place as an organism To emigrate is to leave the country or region to settle in another Lastly identity is defined as the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones as under varying aspects or conditions All 5 terms can lead to a positive start to a new phase in life but when just one aspect comes into question and loses its function it produces a domino effect causing only an increase in problems However whether or not the pieces are picked up examined and puzzled back together correctly is what the readers crave for when reading Jhumpa Lahiris collection of short stories called The Interpreter of Maladies The Interpreter of Maladies is Jhumpa Lahiris debut collection of short stories for which she won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize Nancy Fontaine a blog critic describes Lahiris writing as beautiful Her characters are real and flawed with complex delicate relationships and the tension between their lives and identities as Bengalis in a changing worldor living in a foreign cultureis palpable and wonderfully executed Fontaine Ms Lahiri is really considered the interpreter of maladies by many reviewers and critics those of immigrants to America from the Indian continent and their children the first generation of Americans Her characters feel completely real and her prose is beautiful being incredibly evocative without calling attention to itself And her stories work in layers just as the title of the book both comes from a story and tells us part of the authors story It is a clear-eyed portrayal of life as these people experience it Fontaine Although the characters always run into difficulty the author is never
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