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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies—her first in nearly a decade—about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.
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Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. In the arc of one year, an unnamed narrator in an unnamed city, in the middle of her life’s journey, realizes that she’s lost her way. The city she calls home acts as a companion and interlocutor: traversing the streets around her house, and in parks, piazzas, museums, stores, and coffee bars, she feels less alone.

We follow her to the pool she frequents, and to the train station that leads to her mother, who is mired in her own solitude after her husband’s untimely death. Among those who appear on this woman’s path are colleagues with whom she feels ill at ease, casual acquaintances, and “him,” a shadow who both consoles and unsettles her. Until one day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun’s vital heat, her perspective will abruptly change.
This is the first novel Lahiri has written in Italian and translated into English. The reader will find the qualities that make Lahiri’s work so beloved: deep intelligence and feeling, richly textured physical and emotional landscapes, and a poetics of dislocation. But Whereabouts, brimming with the impulse to cross barriers, also signals a bold shift of style and sensibility. By grafting herself onto a new literary language, Lahiri has pushed herself to a new level of artistic achievement.

Fiction & Literature
April 27
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

DL traveler ,

Simple , relatable story

Simple book about nothing and everything

Pharrima ,

A Novel in Vignettes

Through a series of short vignettes, the unnamed narrator invites us into her life. Reflective and delightful.

NYC Booklady ,

Very dull

We chose this for our Bookgroup because of her history and the early reviews. But it really has nothing to recommend it. The daily activities of a woman who is mostly, by her own choice, disconnected from the world around her. Some introspection and history but not much. So it’s as boring as she is. For our next book we read Mrs Dalloway — as an early exemplar of this sort of novel. After that, which is so full of life captured in small moments, I came back and gave this another try. There comparison disfavors this more.

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