Jhumpa Lahiri is a contemporary American writer. She attended Barnard College, graduating in 1989. She was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for her debut collection of nine short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. Many of her short fiction concerns the lives of Indian-Americans and the nuances of their lives. Her second book and first novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003. Currently, she lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts.