Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
I'm not a great fan of short stories. Mainly for the reason that as soon as I really get into them, they are over. I always get the feeling like I want more somehow. Not so with this collection. Each story is written so well, and each character so thoroughly developed, I felt nothing was lacking. I was "novel satisfied" when I finished reading her stories. But the standout for me were the "Hema and Kaushik" trilogy; her best work in my opinion. Lahiri imbues these three stories with emotions that I have rarely been made to feel while reading fiction. Expertly sentimental without being maudlin, the trio of stories pulled me in from the start and would not allow me to put the book down till I was finished. Unaccustomed Earth gave me the type of book hangover that wouldn't allow me to even think of starting another book for quite some time. Instead, I went back, re-read, and highlighted passages just for the sheer pleasure of being back in the moment. I love this book and if you read it, you'll know exactly why I do.