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Bharati Mukherjee Captures the Immigrant's Experience in Her New Collection of Short Stories.

Writer Bharati Mukherjee. Her new book of short stories, The Middleman and Other Stories, portrays immigrants from Third World countries who strive to maintain their indigenous identity while embracing much of Western culture and lifestyle. The stories establish the troublesome nature of personal encounters between the East and West as seen through the eyes of, say, a Sri Lankan filling out a scholarship application, or an Indian woman from Trinidad who works in Detroit as a "Mother's Helper." Mukherjee is also the author of the novels Wife and The Tiger's Daughter, and the nonfiction Days and Nights in Calcutta.

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Other segments from the episode on June 13, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 13, 1988: Interview with Chris Matthews; Review of Earl Turbinton's album "Brothers for Life"; Interview with Bharati Mukherjee; Commentary on the television show …

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