The Lowland

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013, 8:31 am

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The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri

2013

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Erin K

Adults

General fiction, Audiobook

literary fiction

In brief

4

Set in India and America, this is a sweeping novel about two brothers, family tragedy and trying to pick up the pieces.

Udayan and Subhash Mitra were born 15 months apart, and growing up they were inseparable. But they were also very different. Subhash pursued studies and a career in the United States, while charismatic Udayan gets involved with a rebellious movement in India called the Naxalites. A tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, and the book follows him over the next 30 years as he deals with the aftermath of his brother's death.

The audiobook had a great narrator although it started a little slow. Stick with it!! The story is epic and spans many years and two countries. The characters are very introspective and, as a reader, you get to see them grow and try to overcome the circumstances of the early tragedy. I was so pulled into the story, I brought the audiobook from my car into the house to continue listening. If you like Lahiri's previous titles and you like cerebral, sweeping stories, this is for you!