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The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri

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Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution: the most powerful and ambitious novel yet

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.

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.

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of three previous works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake and most recently, Unaccustomed Earth. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.

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    A interesting story into the lives of people who carry secrets that eventually shape their lives. A joy to read each evening and then reflect the next day. I will look out for her next book

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    Sweeping, ambitious ... Confirms Lahiri as a writer of formidable powers and great depth of feeling, who makes the business of conjuring a story from the chaos of human lives seem quite effortless Observer This tale of family ties, the bond of brothers and the breaking of traditions is moving, surprising and utterly compelling ... It's as beautiful as anything you will ever read - it touches your soul Stylist Devastating Independent A compelling novel that lingers long in the mind -- Books of the Year Financial Times A sad, haunting story, which resonates long after the last page has been turned Evening Standard

    ISBN: 9781408843543
    ISBN-10: 1408843544
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 416
    Published: 23rd April 2014
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.3
    Weight (kg): 0.33
    Edition Number: 1