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The Lowland (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Published: 2014-06-17
Paperback : 432 pages
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book • A Time Top Fiction Book • An NPR "Great Read" • A Chicago Tribune Best Book • A USA Today Best Book • A People magazine Top 10 Book • A Barnes and Noble Best New Book • A Good Reads Best Book • A Kirkus Best Fiction Book ...

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book • A Time Top Fiction Book • An NPR "Great Read" • A Chicago Tribune Best Book • A USA Today Best Book • A People magazine Top 10 Book • A Barnes and Noble Best New Book • A Good Reads Best Book • A Kirkus Best Fiction Book • A Slate Favorite Book • A Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book • An Apple Top 10 Book

National Book Award Finalist and shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

The Lowland is an engrossing family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution, and a love that endures long past death. Moving from the 1960s to the present, and from India to America and across generations, this dazzling novel is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.

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Excerpt

Normally she stayed on the balcony, reading, or kept to an adjacent room as her brother and Udayan studied and smoked and drank cups of tea. Manash had befriended him at Calcutta University, where they were both graduate students in the physics department. Much of the time their books on the behaviors of liquids and gases would sit ignored as they talked about the repercussions of Naxalbari, and commented on the day’s events. ... view entire excerpt...

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It would be fun to serve Indian food and tea
by egraham (see profile) 01/26/16
Don't
by vivianbenci (see profile) 01/08/15

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by BeaSou (see profile) 01/03/19

 
by phoebe.terry (see profile) 05/17/17

 
  "It got better as it went on"by egraham (see profile) 01/26/16

I would not have read it if it hadn't been a book club selection. It was slow starting, it got better as it went on. The ending was strange.

 
by Rebettie (see profile) 05/24/15

 
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by vivianbenci (see profile) 01/08/15

 
  "The Lowland"by SamKelley (see profile) 11/19/14

Although I did read it to the end, I was not engaged in the story or with the characters. I did learn a little about India which I appreciated.

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