I think it’s pretty safe to assume the rules don’t apply to Jhumpa Lahiri. For starters, she won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction as a first-time author (Interpreter of Maladies). Now she just published a new collection of short stories (Unaccustomed Earth) that hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the first week. Short stories don’t hit number one. They just don’t.
Maybe she’s a good writer — ya think? I know I loved “Interpreter” and will definitely check out the new book very soon. Though I don’t expect she’ll have to come down to “Earth” anytime soon. She can pretty much do what she wants to, apparently.
Check out Lahiri’s books at River City Books or, of course, you can go online.