The Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri was born on July 11, 1967 in London. She started publishing shortstories in magazines like The New Yorker, Harvard Review, and Story Quarterly. The stories were compiled for her debut collection Interpreter of Maladies which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year.
Her novel, The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. It was adapted into a movie in the same name. Her narratives usually deal with estrangement and the void that the feeling of foreigness creates in you.
Lahiri was presented a 2014 National Humanities Medal by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015. She writes in Italian, the first write up being, In altre parole (In Other Words) and her first novel Dove mi trovo (“Where I Find Myself”) in 2018.