As always, July 23’s book club meeting was good fun. We had a great turnout and everyone had plenty to say about both books we had selected: Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies”, and Neerja Raman’s “Moments in Transition”.
Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection was well received, with all of us rating it between 5 and 8. The lower scores came from those who generally did not care much for short stories. While we all agreed that most of the stories were not exactly cheerful, we also agreed that many of them provided new ways of looking at old problems. Lahiri handled the cross-cultural challenges effectively and with some humor, and provided a different lens to view the idea of home.
Book Club Member Neerja Raman’s short story collection was liked by everyone. Members felt that the writing was simple, straightforward, and held everyone’s interest till the end. The characters and the situations they found themselves in felt authentic, and we felt that all of us could relate to the emotions described in your stories as well as the various transitions that the characters undergo. Good job, Neerja!
Our next meeting of the Book Club will be on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM. The book selected is Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”, published in 2004. Book Club Member, Animesh Mukherjee has recommended it. Our challenge will be to focus, as best we can, on the book and its literary merits, and not on the ‘breaking news’ politics that most of us want to take a break from.
See you all in September!