Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland

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The Lowland

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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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HardCover. Pub Date :2013-09-24 Pages: 352 Language: English Publisher: Knopf National Book Award FinalistShortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeFrom 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 a...

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"A subtle but devastating tale of two brothers coming of age in 1960s Calcutta . . . The themes of this beautifully written novel may be grand--love, revolution, desertion--but it's an intimate tale that offers no easy answers." --"Parade"
"Compelling . . . beautiful. A family saga that finds its roots in a 1967 Calcutta rebellion [but] extends its reach to present-day Rhode Island. The long-awaited follow-up to her ravishing first novel, "The Namesake, "justifies its lengthy gestation. The story develops like a rip in a piece of fabric that keeps tearing: a gripping meditation on absence, alienation and loss . . . Exquisitely written and deeply moving." --Sophie Harris, "Time Out New York"
"It's been a few weeks since I finished "The Lowland, "and my head and heart are still with the book. The novel moves back and forth in time and takes on different points of view, which allow readers to see how anger and betrayal redound through the generations . . . "The Lowland" dwells in complex territory [and its] insights point toward an unspoken question: Is it irresponsible--or even criminal--to risk your life for a political cause that may not be realized in your lifetime? "The Lowland" is a stylistic achievement and marks a shift in Lahiri's writing. As always, the novel is full of sharp insights about marriage and parenthood, politics and commitment. It is the kind of book that stays with you long after you finish it." --Julie Hakim Azzam, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Lahiri's new novel begins in the manner of Flaubert . . . It is her big novel: possessed of historical moment and reach. But for the most part, history is only the element in which the characters' lives unfold, and this allows Lahiri to exercise her own special talent. She is capable of great elegance, and here, her subject is the failure of relationships between characters, and the ways in which people hold back from living their lives . . . Lahiri writes with great emotional precis

"Poised, haunting, exquisitely effective storytelling. . . . Lahiri is one of our most beautiful chroniclers of the aching disjunctions of emigration and family."
--"San Francisco Chronicle
"
"Exquisite. . . . Lahiri explores here what she has always explored best: the fragile inner workings of her characters. . . . An American master."
--"Philadelphia Inquirer
"
"[Lahiri's] finest work so far. . . . At once unsettling and generous. . . . Shattering and satisfying in equal measure."
--"The New York Review of Books
"
"Poignant. . . . There is an important truth here--that life often denies us understanding, and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure."
--NPR
"Intriguing. . . . Brim[s] with pain and love and all of life's profound beauty."
--"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"Mesmerizing."
--"The Washington Post Book World
"
"In "The Lowland, "we are all emigrants, not from one country to another but from the present to the future. . . . Tremendous."
--Lev Grossman, "Time
"
"A masterful work that shines with brilliant language. . . . [Lahiri] has created a masterpiece."
--Minneapolis" Star Tribune
"
"Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we're transported seamlessly into another place."
--"Vanity Fair"
"Divided consciousness has been Lahiri's recurrent theme. . . . This time, Lahiri daringly redraws the map. . . . [Her] prose is blunter, less mellifluous: here worlds, new and old, contain terrors."
--"The Atlantic
"
"The lowland [of the title] serves as Lahiri's telling metaphor for the dark, dank, weedy places that haunt our lives. . . . In its quiet intensity, ["The Lowland"] reminds us of the triumphant fiction of Alice Munro and William Trevor."
--"Newsday"
"A classic story of family and ideology at odds, love and risk closely twined. . . . An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle."
--"Vogue"
"A great American writer."
--"Chicago Tribune
"
"Memorable, potent. . . . Lahiri has reached literary high ground with "The Lowland.""
--"USA Today
"
"A master of dramatic turns, but not in the conventional sense. She lets tension build slowly until something snaps. What she twists is "you." . . . Lahiri shows that a twist can be even more devastating when you've been afraid that it might happen all along. A"
--"Entertainment Weekly
"
"A must-read. . . . Delivers Lahiri's trademark lyrical prose woven with a fast-paced narrative and indelible characters."
--"Slate
"
"Lahiri returns confidently to the themes that have earned her critical praise, an eager audience and a Pulitzer Prize. . . . [Here] she adds a historical dimension that creates a vital, intriguing backdrop. . . . [The] story is unique, but it's also universal, a reminder of the past's pull on us all."
--"The Miami Herald
"
"Expansive and intimate. . . . Lahiri's writing is precise and restrained. . . . Loyalty and betrayal, lies and forgiveness, filial responsibility and abandonment, the choices and sacrifices we make to find our way in the world are beautifully wrought in this novel."
--"The Oregonian
"
"Subtle but devastating. . . . The themes of this beautifully written novel may be grand--love, -revolution, desertion--but it's an intimate tale that offers no easy answers."
--"Parade
"
"The kind of book that stays with you long after you finish it. . . . Full of sharp insights about marriage and parenthood, politics and commitment."
--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"
"Delicately harrowing. . . . Lahiri has a devastatingly keen ear for the tensions and
misunderstandings endemic in our closest relationships."
--"Bloomberg News"

Poised, haunting, exquisitely effective storytelling. . . . Lahiri is one of our most beautiful chroniclers of the aching disjunctions of emigration and family.
"San Francisco Chronicle
"
Exquisite. . . . Lahiri explores here what she has always explored best: the fragile inner workings of her characters. . . . An American master.
"Philadelphia Inquirer
"
[Lahiri s] finest work so far. . . . At once unsettling and generous. . . . Shattering and satisfying in equal measure.
"The New York Review of Books
"
Poignant. . . . There is an important truth here that life often denies us understanding, and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure.
NPR
Intriguing. . . . Brim[s] with pain and love and all of life s profound beauty.
"O, The Oprah Magazine"
Mesmerizing.
"The Washington Post Book World
"
In"The Lowland, "we are all emigrants, not from one country to another but from the present to the future. . . . Tremendous.
Lev Grossman, "Time
"
A masterful work that shines with brilliant language. . . . [Lahiri] has created a masterpiece.
Minneapolis"Star Tribune
"
Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we re transported seamlessly into another place.
"Vanity Fair"
Divided consciousness has been Lahiri s recurrent theme. . . . This time, Lahiri daringly redraws the map. . . . [Her] prose is blunter, less mellifluous: here worlds, new and old, contain terrors.
"The Atlantic
"
The lowland [of the title] serves as Lahiri s telling metaphor for the dark, dank, weedy places that haunt our lives. . . . In its quiet intensity, ["The Lowland"] reminds us of the triumphant fiction of Alice Munro and William Trevor.
"Newsday"
A classic story of family and ideology at odds, love and risk closely twined. . . . An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle.
"Vogue"
A great American writer.
"Chicago Tribune
"
Memorable, potent. . . . Lahiri has reached literary high ground with "The Lowland."
"USA Today
"
A master of dramatic turns, but not in the conventional sense. She lets tension build slowly until something snaps. What she twists is "you." . . . Lahiri shows that a twist can be even more devastating when you ve been afraid that it might happen all along.A
"Entertainment Weekly
"
A must-read. . . . Delivers Lahiri s trademark lyrical prose woven with a fast-paced narrative and indelible characters.
"Slate
"
Lahiri returns confidently to the themes that have earned her critical praise, an eager audience and a Pulitzer Prize. . . . [Here] she adds a historical dimension that creates a vital, intriguing backdrop. . . . [The] story is unique, but it s also universal, a reminder of the past s pull on us all.
"The Miami Herald
"
Expansive and intimate. . . . Lahiri s writing is precise and restrained. . . . Loyalty and betrayal, lies and forgiveness, filial responsibility and abandonment, the choices and sacrifices we make to find our way in the world are beautifully wrought in this novel.
"The Oregonian
"
Subtle but devastating. . . . The themes of this beautifully written novel may be grand love, revolution, desertion but it s an intimate tale that offers no easy answers.
"Parade
"
The kind of book that stays with you long after you finish it. . . . Full of sharp insights about marriage and parenthood, politics and commitment.
"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"
Delicately harrowing. . . . Lahiri has a devastatingly keen ear for the tensions and misunderstandings endemic in our closest relationships.
"Bloomberg News""

Poised, haunting, exquisitely effective storytelling. . . . Lahiri is one of our most beautiful chroniclers of the aching disjunctions of emigration and family.
San Francisco Chronicle

Exquisite. . . . Lahiri explores here what she has always explored best: the fragile inner workings of her characters. . . . An American master.
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Lahiri s] finest work so far. . . . At once unsettling and generous. . . . Shattering and satisfying in equal measure.
The New York Review of Books

Poignant. . . . There is an important truth here that life often denies us understanding, and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure.
NPR
Intriguing. . . . Brim[s] with pain and love and all of life s profound beauty.
O, The Oprah Magazine
Mesmerizing.
The Washington Post Book World

InThe Lowland, we are all emigrants, not from one country to another but from the present to the future. . . . Tremendous.
Lev Grossman, Time

A masterful work that shines with brilliant language. . . . [Lahiri] has created a masterpiece.
MinneapolisStar Tribune

Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we re transported seamlessly into another place.
Vanity Fair
Divided consciousness has been Lahiri s recurrent theme. . . . This time, Lahiri daringly redraws the map. . . . [Her] prose is blunter, less mellifluous: here worlds, new and old, contain terrors.
The Atlantic

The lowland [of the title] serves as Lahiri s telling metaphor for the dark, dank, weedy places that haunt our lives. . . . In its quiet intensity, [The Lowland] reminds us of the triumphant fiction of Alice Munro and William Trevor.
Newsday
A classic story of family and ideology at odds, love and risk closely twined. . . . An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle.
Vogue
A great American writer.
Chicago Tribune

Memorable, potent. . . . Lahiri has reached literary high ground with The Lowland.
USA Today

A master of dramatic turns, but not in the conventional sense. She lets tension build slowly until something snaps. What she twists is you. . . . Lahiri shows that a twist can be even more devastating when you ve been afraid that it might happen all along.A
Entertainment Weekly

A must-read. . . . Delivers Lahiri s trademark lyrical prose woven with a fast-paced narrative and indelible characters.
Slate

Lahiri returns confidently to the themes that have earned her critical praise, an eager audience and a Pulitzer Prize. . . . [Here] she adds a historical dimension that creates a vital, intriguing backdrop. . . . [The] story is unique, but it s also universal, a reminder of the past s pull on us all.
The Miami Herald

Expansive and intimate. . . . Lahiri s writing is precise and restrained. . . . Loyalty and betrayal, lies and forgiveness, filial responsibility and abandonment, the choices and sacrifices we make to find our way in the world are beautifully wrought in this novel.
The Oregonian

Subtle but devastating. . . . The themes of this beautifully written novel may be grand love, revolution, desertion but it s an intimate tale that offers no easy answers.
Parade

The kind of book that stays with you long after you finish it. . . . Full of sharp insights about marriage and parenthood, politics and commitment.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Delicately harrowing. . . . Lahiri has a devastatingly keen ear for the tensions and misunderstandings endemic in our closest relationships.
Bloomberg News

"

"Poised, haunting, exquisitely effective storytelling. . . . Lahiri is one of our most beautiful chroniclers of the aching disjunctions of emigration and family."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Exquisite. . . . Lahiri explores here what she has always explored best: the fragile inner workings of her characters. . . . An American master."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"[Lahiri's] finest work so far. . . . At once unsettling and generous. . . . Shattering and satisfying in equal measure."
--The New York Review of Books

"Poignant. . . . There is an important truth here--that life often denies us understanding, and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure."
--NPR

"Intriguing. . . . Brim[s] with pain and love and all of life's profound beauty."
--O, The Oprah Magazine

"Mesmerizing."
--The Washington Post Book World

"In The Lowland, we are all emigrants, not from one country to another but from the present to the future. . . . Tremendous."
--Lev Grossman, Time

"A masterful work that shines with brilliant language. . . . [Lahiri] has created a masterpiece."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we're transported seamlessly into another place."
--Vanity Fair

"Divided consciousness has been Lahiri's recurrent theme. . . . This time, Lahiri daringly redraws the map. . . . [Her] prose is blunter, less mellifluous: here worlds, new and old, contain terrors."
--The Atlantic

"The lowland [of the title] serves as Lahiri's telling metaphor for the dark, dank, weedy places that haunt our lives. . . . In its quiet intensity, [The Lowland] reminds us of the triumphant fic...

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