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Rooster Read - The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • May 11, 2014 · 1:30 PM

Optional 1pm Tournament of Books Read.  Here is the Amazon Review:


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.

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. 


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  • Quen

    Looks like I won't make this....I'll be house hunting in Denver.

    May 3, 2014

  • Andrée G.

    Oh dear, so you are really going away Quen! I'll miss you a lot!

    April 28, 2014

    • Quen

      Yes, we are moving. I'm so sad to be leaving my friends. I will miss you so much, too, Andree!

      April 28, 2014

  • Quen

    I'm going to try to make this one. I'm afraid it might be my last meeting. Brandon is moving a month ahead of us and mom isn't excited about watching my girls so I can go hang out with friends and talk about books :-)

    April 28, 2014

  • Cathy D.

    Don't know why I didn't think of this before... moving the discussion to an Indian food restaurant!

    April 27, 2014

  • peta c.

    Great read

    April 20, 2014

  • Cathy D.

    I am going to move this session out a week or two as it conflicts with the April Booktopia date. We will definitely still have the meetup, though -- I know some of you are reading and enjoying the book.

    April 7, 2014

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