WALTHAM, MA—Jhumpa Lahiri’s book “Interpreter of Maladies” has been named The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years by Parade magazine.
In June, the magazine released the list that was compiled by Ann Patchett.
“When Parade asked me to compile a list of the best 75 books to celebrate the magazine’s 75th anniversary, my first answer was, ‘Not a chance!,” Patchett wrote in her article. “…We decided to choose 75 books from the last 75 years and books written only by North Americans, because if we opened it up to the world we could miss plenty of gems out of sheer ignorance and wind up with a lot more than 75 books.”
Lahiri is the only Indian-American writer whose book is listed in the list of 75 books. Interpreter of Maladies (published in 1999) is Lahiri’s debut short story collection that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her first novel, The Namesake (published 2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name.
Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship She lives in Brooklyn, New York.