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August Book Club Discussion: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Aug 24, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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Come join us for a book discussion about The Lowland  by Jhumpa Lahiri. Please RSVP to this event and change your RSVP if you cannot attend at the last minute.

National Book Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

From 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.

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  • Jennifer

    Wonderful discussion and company, as usual. I didn't really care for the book, but had such an invigorating time talking about it!

    August 25, 2014

  • Catherine

    I also enjoyed the group discussion. Thank you, Caroline, for providing thoughtful questions. Btw, I just looked up the Cromwells, and it was Oliver - not Thomas - who was exhumed and hanged. "Wolf Hall" sounds good (sorry I missed it) and I'm looking forward to next month's meeting.

    August 24, 2014

  • Christy

    This wasn't my favorite of the books we've read, but as usual the discussion was great and made me think about the book in different ways.

    August 24, 2014

  • Lynette

    Sadly I have to work. I'll see you for Caleb's Crossing in September!

    August 23, 2014

  • Mark F.

    Let it sneak up on me. There's no way I'm going to get it read. I'm sorry about that.

    August 17, 2014

  • Caroline

    Hi guys, just a gentle reminder to change your RSVP if you will not be there next weekend. I have our usual big table booked, but looking at our numbers we may not need it. Better safe than sorry...

    1 · August 16, 2014

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