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.