By Jennifer Reese
August 10, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

What You Call Winter

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Nalini Jones’ polished but conventional linked stories in What You Call Winter explore terrain staked out by Jhumpa Lahiri: the world of middle-class Indians, at home, abroad, and caught somewhere between. In the luminous ”In the Garden,” Marian grows up in a loving extended family in India; in ”Half the Story,” set several decades later, she’s in Ohio, pining for India, and inadvertently triggering her own daughter’s far tawdrier loss of innocence. B

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