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November Meetup: The Lowland

Note: RSVPs open at 7pm on the Monday after our previous meetup.

From our October meetup to our November one, we are jumping from our oldest chosen book ("Babbit" published in 1922) to our newest one! For our November meetup, we are reading "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri. It is expected to be released on September 24, 2013. The novel is on the 2013 Man Booker Prize Longlist.

The blurb from GoodReads is:

Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution: the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times best-selling author gives us a powerful new novel-set in both India and America-that explores the price of idealism and a love that can last long past death.

Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. 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 comes 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.

Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland expands the range of one of our most dazzling storytellers, seamlessly interweaving the historical and the personal across generations and geographies. This masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return, is a tour de force and an instant classic.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought-provoking, lively discussion. This group continues to challenge me to become a better, more-observant reader.

    November 18, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Prompted by the discussion, and not having finished the last 50 pages, I reread the book last night. It went from a B to an A in the rating scale; Taking the last 50 pps, I found the book's writing could best be described as exquisite--her narrative addressing all the characters' destinies in a structure that moves smoothly among mini-chapters, with lyrical descriptions of each scene. This book is up for the National Book Award, so we will see what happens

    November 18, 2013

    • Craig

      I dunno, Faith. She's got some stiff competition for the National Book Award, including Pynchon and George Saunders. It'll be interesting to see who wins!

      November 18, 2013

  • Marjorie F.

    As usual, the group had wonderful insights and I really enjoyed listening to new members as well.

    November 18, 2013

  • Craig

    This group never ceases to amaze me.I always come away with a much deeper appreciation of the book that I started with. Thank you all for sharing your insights.

    November 17, 2013

  • Aldo S.

    First time for me. But I really enjoyed the lively discussion and the great people. Can't wait to come back. Al Salerno

    November 17, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Great Discussion admirably led by Craig and Vi

    November 17, 2013

  • Lakshmi

    Dang! I didn't think I would actually get in when they were 20 people in the wait list :( I haven't finished the book yet and made other plans for tomorrow so will have pass it.

    November 16, 2013

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