Put in motion by rueful late-1960s emigrations, built from arranged marriages, and hurtling toward adultery and a new millennium, the debut novels by Jhumpa Lahiri and Monica Ali both rattle with ethno-cultural collisions and clenched desire. Stretched taut by unbreachable divides, they also diverge in narrative distance: While Lahiri maintains a cool remove from her congenitally disappointed... More >>>