Defining Home

by MB


"I did, I do have a childhood home…. But I never felt fully at home in that home [in Peace Dale]. I never felt fully comfortable in that home, for whatever reason. I think because as a child and as an adolescent I was always questioning who we were and what we were doing there I was also always — I always felt somehow that it wasn’t quite right, something wasn’t quite right about how we lived and how we occupied the house and all that. In that sense I don’t have — I guess my childhood home has never been the equivalent of a solid rock place; it was always more of a blurry place for me. "

- Jhumpa Lahiri 

Excerpted from a 2008 interview with the Los Angeles Times