Jhumpa Lahiri


"The clever Mitra brothers are inseparable even though Subhash is serious, cautious and reliable, while Udayan is brash, impassioned, and rebellious. Both excel in their studies even though, thanks to Udayan, they get into mischief in their quiet, middle-class Calcutta enclave with its two adjacent pools and water hyacinth-laced lowland, a gorgeously rendered landscape Lahiri (Unaccustomed Earth, 2008) uses to profound effect. In college, Subhash studies chemistry, Udayan physics, but while Subhash prepares to go to American to earn his PhD, Udayan experiences a life-altering political awakening. It's the late 1960s, a time of international protest, and Udayan joins the Mao-inspired Naxalite movement, which demands justice for the poor. He also secretly marries self-reliant, scholarly Gauri. Subhash's indoctrination into American life and Rhode Island's seasons and seashore is bracing and mind-expanding, while Udayan's descent into the Naxalite underground puts him in grave danger. As shocking complexities, tragedies, and revelations multiply over the years, Lahiri astutely examines the psychological nuances of conviction, guilt, grief,  marriage and parenthood and delicately but firmly dissects the moral conundrums inherent in violent revolution. Renowned for her exquisite  prose and penetrating insights, Lahiri attains new heights of artistry—flawless transparency, immersive intimacy with characters and place—in her spellbinding fourth book and second novel, a magnificent, universal, and indelible work of literature. An absolute triumph."  —Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review for THE LOWLAND

Praise for Jhumpa Lahiri

"A writer of uncommon elegance and poise...Lahiri chronicles her characters' lives with both objectivity and compassion."  —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Shimmering."  —Fresh Air

"Ferociously good...Emotionally precise."  —O, The Oprah Magazine

"Splendid...Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints."
The New York Times Book Review

"Gorgeous...A considerable talent in full bloom."  —San Francisco Chronicle