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"The Lowland", by Jhumpa Lahiri

We will be discussing "The Lowland", by Jhumpa Lahiri.  The Formal Discussion will begin at 7:30. 

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[Amazon Editorial Review]

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.

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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  • Mark L.

    I really loved how the author developed the idea of the idea of "the lowlands" and those two pools that would overflow and become one -- and how rare a thing is true intimacy and sympathy.

    May 5, 2014

  • Mark L.

    Terrific book and discussion. Very much regretted having to bow out early.

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined the group - thank you for adding me. I read this when it came out. How deep do the discussions get? Wondering how much to brush up - I have read a lot since then :)

    April 29, 2014

    • Mark L.

      Every now and then someone says something really deep and we all get excited, Alisson, but in general people have read the book only once, and some haven't finished it. We do our best based on that!

      April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Mark - sounds perfect.

      May 2, 2014

  • Lynn

    Started it yesterday. I'm hooked.

    1 · April 7, 2014

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