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National Book Award FinalistShortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of "The Namesake "comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan--charismatic and impulsive--finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.
But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind--including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife.
Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, "The Lowland "is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 507 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 521.63g
  • Bantam Books Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0804121117
  • 9780804121118
  • 313,107

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"A classic story of family and ideology at odds, love and risk closely twined. . . . Lahiri's subject has always been the complex roots of families, cut and transplanted, trailing thwarted dreams and former selves. . . . "The Lowland, "her most ambitious work to date, marks the author's shift in perspective toward that of a parent, with all its heightened vulnerability. . . . As the stripped-down sentences accrue with a kind of geologic inevitability, Lahiri renders the undertow of grief and loss . . . Novels are often elegies for things that would otherwise be lost to time. Here, over the passing decades, a sacred marshland is sold to developers; a daughter loses a mother, then becomes one. An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle." --Megan O'Grady, "Vogue"
"I wait for Lahiri's books as if they're rare comets and hold them in my hands like my firstborn." --Megan Angelo, "Glamour"
"A tale of two continents in an era of political tumult, rendered with devastating depth and clarity by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The narrative proceeds from the simplicity of a fairy tale into a complex novel of moral ambiguity and aftershocks, with revelations that continue through decades and generations until the very last page. . . . The story of two brothers in India who are exceptionally close to each other, and yet completely different, the novel spans more than four decades in the life of [their] family, shaped and shaken by the events that have brought them together and tear them apart. . . . Lahiri has earned renown for her short stories, [yet] this masterful novel deserves to attract an even wider readership." --"Kirkus "(starred review)
"Haunting . . . A novel that crosses generations, oceans, and the chasms within families . . . Lahiri's skill is reflected not only in her restrained and lyric prose, but also in her moving forward chronological time while simultaneously unfolding memory, which does not fade
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About Jhumpa Lahiri

JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of "Interpreter of Maladies," awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award; "The Namesake"; and "Unaccustomed Earth," a #1 "New York Times" bestseller and a "New York Times Book Review "Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and 2 children.
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2 6% (4,143)
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