25th Slice: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • January 22, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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We’ll start the New Year off with a book discussion you won’t want to miss! 

For our 25th slice of literature, we’ll appease fans of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri, with her latest offering, The Lowland.  Two inseparable brothers in the 1960’s, choose very different futures, as one joins a rebellion to eradiate inequality and poverty in their homeland, while the other leaves India for America, to pursue a life of scientific research.  Their choices will cause both heartache and healing in this generational family saga that is shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.  

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London, the daughter of Bengali Indian immigrants, and moved to the United States when she was three years old.  She is the author of two collections of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and Unaccustomed Earth.  Her novel, The Namesake, was released as a movie in 2006.  Gifted with multiple accolades, Lahiri's stories have received the O. Henry Award, Asian American Literary Award, and Best American Short Stories.

Published September 2013 by Knopf.  352 pages, hardback edition. 

 

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  • Liane

    Great meet up, always love talking about Lahiri's work. Thanks Sher for leading the discussion.

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Sher

      Glad you enjoyed the discussion, Liane! Welcome to the group and see you again soon.

      January 23, 2014

  • Jana

    http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/the-lowland-by-jhumpa-lahiri-two-reviews

    Found this very fascinating to read. What a wonderful time to meet new faces, & see old ones again. Happy Wed:)

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Liane

      Thanks for posting. I'll read it and then we can discuss again. :)

      January 22, 2014

    • Melody

      Really enjoyed these articles. Thank you to share ! :)

      January 22, 2014

  • Sher

    Thank you all for an insightful discussion tonight! It was intriguing hearing everyone's different points of view in regards to Gauri and also your take on Subhash, Udayan, and the Naxalite movement. I hope I'll be able to hold more regular book discussions soon but, for now, hope to see you all again for our next meeting in April.

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Melody

      Thank you Sher for another great book club meeting ! :)

      1 · January 22, 2014

  • Melody

    Great time tonight ! Really enjoyed the book discussion.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Hannah G.

    Something came up last minute. Sorry I'll miss it; I really love the author and I LOVED this latest book of hers.

    January 22, 2014

  • Sher

    I have just sent an email with event details and my contact information for our discussion. If you did not receive my correspondence, please let me know. See you soon!

    January 21, 2014

  • Peter L.

    Sorry last minute meeting. Next time.

    January 21, 2014

    • Sher

      See you next time, Peter!

      January 21, 2014

  • Eleanor F

    I'm sorry to have to drop out; housesitting for my boss in Fremont. I did read the book; enjoyed it but found it very dispassionate. Got the Amy Tan from the library; that's next up!

    January 21, 2014

    • Sher

      Hope you can make it next time, Eleanor! Yes, as promised, Amy Tan is up next. With my new work schedule, the discussion will most likely be in April. But since the book is almost 600 pages, that should give everyone plenty of time to finish it! I will try to post soon.

      January 21, 2014

  • Rosalind

    Sorry not coming now. Have fun!

    January 20, 2014

    • Sher

      See you next time, Rosalind. Hope all is well!

      January 21, 2014

  • Yanny

    Sorry, I signed up again for swim lessons on Wednesdays. Sorry to miss out again.

    January 3, 2014

    • Sher

      Happy New Year, Yanny! Hope to see you another time.

      January 6, 2014

  • Melody

    Just finished reading this book the other pm. It was great ! Looking fwd to our book discussion :)

    1 · January 3, 2014

    • Sher

      Glad you enjoyed the book, Melody! Look forward to seeing you at our discussion soon.

      January 6, 2014

  • Melody

    Thank you Sher to organize ! :) Looking fwd to it

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Yanny

    Jhumpa Lahiri is in San Francisco as a part of City Arts & Lecture on Friday, October 11th. Would anyone want to go with me?

    October 1, 2013

    • Sher

      Hi Yanny, thanks for sharing. I would love to host this as a Mooncake outing but have a work event that I may have to tend to that evening. I will let you know if I can host it!

      October 2, 2013

    • Liane

      Yanny and I bought tickets so we are confirmed and going.

      October 2, 2013

  • Liane

    Hi, I just RSVP'ed and noticed this meet up is for January. Was it intended for December? Thanks.

    September 30, 2013

    • Sher

      Hi Liane, it's intended for January. I usually don't host a December book discussion because people are busy with the holidays!

      1 · September 30, 2013

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