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Selected Shorts: New American StoriesSelected Shorts: New American Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A collected series of short stories from the NPR radio show, in which actors read the work of talented authors.



Synopses cribbed from Amazon: A robbery and its dramatic consequences lead a Spokane Indian to rethink his entire life in Alexie’s "Breaking and Entering," dynamically performed by B. D. Wong. A young Nigerian woman tackles adventure by taking a Greyhound bus to the end of the line and starting a new life in Hartford in Adichie’s longing-filled story "The Thing Around Your Neck," performed by Condola Rashad. Tony winner Boyd Gaines performs Hemon’s heartfelt tale "Good Living," in which a Bosnian emigrant seeks the American dream while selling magazines door to door in Chicago. Lastly, Rita Wolf gives a breathtaking performance of "Hell-Heaven," Lahiri’s story of passions and tensions in a Bengali family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



It's an enjoyable set with interesting characters and situations.



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