Unaccustomed Earth

Stories from a brilliant new collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri exploring the dark secrets of family life, all linked by the Bengali immigrant experience.

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AR01Hell-heaven *2008061620100330

A lonely Indian mother, living in America, meets a charismatic young immigrant, who transports her back to a time before her marriage.

But before long, her secret infatuation comes close to devastating a family.

Read by Nina Wadia.

Nina Wadia reads Hell-Heaven from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's collection exploring the dark secrets of family life, all linked by the Bengali immigrant experience.

An India mother's lonely life in America is eased when she mees a charismatic young immigrant, who transports her back to a time before marriage.

But before long, her secret infatuation comes close to devastating her family.

Hell-Heaven begins in America, but, like all the stories in this remarkable series, spills back over generations and past memories to India, following new lives forged in the wake of loss.

Reader: Nina Wadia

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

A lonely Indian mother, living in America, meets a charismatic young immigrant.

AR02Unaccustomed Earth, Part 1 *2008061720100331

When Ruma's mother dies, neither she nor her father knows how to fill the void.

Back in India, both know, things would be very different.

A visit from her father brings to the surface feelings of guilt, uncertainty and loss - but ultimately a kind of understanding.

Read by Indira Varma

Indira Varma reads the first part of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's story, Unaccustomed Earth, exploring the dark secrets of family life through the Bengali immigrant experience.

When Ruma's mother dies, she leaves a space neither she nor her father knows how to fill.

Back in India, both know, things would have been very different.

Unaccustomed Earth begins in America, but, like all the stories in this series, spills back over memories and generations to India, following new lives forged in the wake of loss.

Concludes tomorrow.

Reader: Indira Varma

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

AR03Unaccustomed Earth, Part 2 * * *2008061820100401
20100414 (R4)

Indira Varma reads the second part of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's title story from her collection Unaccustomed Earth, exporing the dark secrets of family life through the Bengali immigrant experience.

When Ruma's mother dies, she leaves a space neither her daughter or her husband knows how to fill.

Back in India, both know, things would have been very different.

But when Ruma's father visits her in America, Ruma finally decides to invite him to live with her and her family.

But his response is not what she had expected.

Unaccustomed Earth begins in America, but, like all the stories in this week's series, spills back over memories and generations to India, following new lives forged in the wake of loss.

Reader: Indira Varma

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

When Ruma's mother dies, neither she nor her father knows how to fill the void.

Back in India, both know, things would be very different.

A visit from her father brings to the surface feelings of guilt, uncertainty and loss - but ultimately a kind of understanding.

Read by Indira Varma.

AR04Once In A Lifetime20080619

One memorable winter, two Indian immigrant families are reunited under one roof in a small house in suburban Massachusetts.

As the snow falls they look back to the time they were last together, a winter's evening seven years earlier when things were very different.

Read by Nina Wadia.

AR05 LASTYear's End2010042220100402

Hari Dhillon reads Year's End, the last in the series of stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, exploring the dark secrets of family life through the Bengali immigrant experience.

During a holiday visit to his family home three years after his mother's death, a young man struggles to accept his father's new, and very young, Indian wife.

Year's End begins in America, but like all the stories in this series, spills back over memories and generations to India, following new lives forged in the wake of loss.

Reader: Hari Dhillon

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Justine Willett.

A young man struggles to accept his widowed father's new young Indian wife.

AR05 LASTYear's End *20080620

During a Christmas visit to his family home three years after his mother's death, a young man struggles to accept his father's new young Indian wife.

Read by Hari Dhillon.