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The book on Cambridge

When a journalist from Chile who is studying at Harvard this year asked me which novel she should read to understand Cambridge, my first thought was Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection, with its intimate rendering of the Indian immigrant experience in Cambridge, is one of my favorite books. Yet Lahiri’s world is just one slice of life in the city.

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