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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

An outstanding new collection of stories that explore the heart of family life and the immigrant experience, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew, The Lowland is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed, of ties that ineluctably define who we are. With all the hallmarks of Jhumpa Lahiri's achingly poignant, exquisitely empathetic story-telling, this is her most devastating work of fiction to date.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass - as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India - their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. 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, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate across continents and seep through the generations that follow.

Reviews

Praise for Unaccustomed Earth:

'Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display in this collection: the gorgeous, effortless prose; the characters haunted by regret, isolation, loss, and tragedies big and small; and most of all, a quiet, emerging sense of humanity' Khaled Hosseini

'It's difficult to think of a contemporary writer who gives her characters so much dignity ... The result is is fiction of matchless restraint, yet also of rich, complex and credible characters' The Times

'Subtle and moving, accumulating in suspense, until the tour de force of the last three linked stories had me hanging, heartbroken but still hopeful, on her every word' Esther Freud, Guardian Books of the Year

'Redolent with loss and grief and dislocation but possessed of a breathtaking integrity and, ultimately, hope' Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri has been a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but is currently teaching in New York. She has published her fiction in various US journals including the New Yorker, and has won several US prizes for her work.

Author photo © Marco Delogu

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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Hardback

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781408828113

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