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Publisher Description

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.

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.  

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2013
September 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.1
MB

Customer Reviews

dannysatc ,

Beautiful and heartbreaking

A very touching story about life and family. Mundane in its telling, but rich in detail and emotions. I found myself reading non-stop. The background on India, its culture and politics is fantastic and although the novel is a bit sad, in the end you are left feeling a certain reward and happiness for getting to read such a special narrative. A must-read in my opinion.

MSP14 ,

Truly Exceptional

Beautifully written story of ordinary lives that wants you to keep reading even after the last page has been turned !

asim mazumdar ,

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

I am a person of same time left Calcutta and settled in NorthEast USA. I wonder how she can write in this detail while brought up abroad. I started reading and could not stop. Udayan, Subhas, Gauri all these characters are of my time, my acquaintances. This is a story of my friends in my time in Calcutta.

Asim K Mazumdar

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