100 days 100 short stories:: story thirty-nine

story: The Third and Final Continent 

author: Jhumpa Lahiri

year: 2000

where: Art House Café

note: Lahiri, a reread, and my fellow Italian language lover

a line: “I was told that she could cook, knit, embroider, sketch landscapes, and recite poems by Tagore, but these talents could not make up for the fact that she did not possess a fair complexion, and so a string of men had rejected her to her face.”