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The Lowland
JHUMPA LAHIRI

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
1492 reviews (2013) (352p)
Amazon Best Books of 2013: Top 10 Literature & Fiction #7
Amazon Best Books of 2013: Top 100 Editors' Picks #13
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013 #1
National Book Award Finalist #1
Man Booker Prize Finalist #1
TIME Magazine Top 10 Fiction Books #4
Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2013: Fiction #1

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Book 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.


Other Award Winning Books by Jhumpa Lahiri
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
427 reviews (2008) (352p) (NYTimes) (TIME) (ALA)
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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
1045 reviews (2003) (304p) (TIME) (LATimes)
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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
922 reviews (1999) (160p) (PP)
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Jhumpa Lahiri Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Interpreter of Maladies ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Interpreter of Maladies ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 The Lowland ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 1 The Lowland ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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