Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967)

Indian American short story writer and novelist. Lahiri was born in London to Bengali Indian immigrant parents who, when she was three years old, moved the family to the United States and settled in Kingston, Rhode Island. She earned her B.A. from Barnard College; at Boston University she earned three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. After her short stories were rejected for publication they were collected in The Interpreter of Maladies (1999), a winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. In her novel The Namesake (2003) and her second story collection, Unaccustomed Earth (2008), Lahiri continues to focus on the experience of Indian immigrants and their children. See also randomhouse.com/kvpa/jhumpalahiri.