A Temporary Matter
A story about love, loss and tragedy. Beautiful prose, delicately dealing with difficult issues. Jhumpa Lahiri’s gentle but penetrating prose, invites you in to Shoba and Shukumar’s lives . You feel as if you are intruding into their sadness, wishing to you could put things right but being able to do nothing more than feel some of their loss.
Jhumpa Lahiri’s story A Temporary Matter is included in her 1999 collection entitled Interpreter of Maladies. You can also find it online here but better still to get the collection if you can.