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Knopf Canada/ Random House India
With Jhumpa Lahiri, one cannot go wrong – intense setting and masterful writing. Jhumpa Lahiri is gifted with the ability to write beautifully. In her second novel, the first being The Namesake, Lahiri again looks at the core of relationships and how it affects the lives of the people involved.
The Lowlands, set in India and America is a story of two brothers during the turbulent Naxalite movement in Calcutta and how it changes the very essence of their relationship. Bound together by a bond that can only be found in siblings, the brothers traverse through life smoothly following their own idealism. Struck by tragedy, the only link that holds Subhash and Udayan Mitra is the love of a fiercely independent girl. Subhash moves to America to pursue his academic dream, while Udayan follows his heart and Gauri. When Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds left by Udayan. The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri intricately weaves a tale of suspense, intimacy and heartbreak.
A must read!!