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What Are You Reading?: Brothers

Devon  Murphy-Petersen devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us
Devon Murphy-Petersen devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us

Pulitzer prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel, “The Lowland” was released on September 24. I was fortunate to be chosen to receive an early Advance Readers copy, so enjoyed it on my Kindle while we were on vacation the end of August.

The book opens in 1960s Calcutta, India where two brothers, Udayan and Subhash are so close in age and so inseparable that they are often mistaken for each other. But as they mature, they choose quite opposite paths – Udayan is drawn to the Naxalite rebellion in India, and Subhash leaves home to study and do research on the east coast of the United States.

When Subhash learns what has happened to his brother in the lowland near their family’s home, he returns to India with the hope of repairing the damage done to his parents and his brother’s young wife. Only years later does he realize that some wounds can never heal.

Lahiri deftly spins a tale of history, love, and geography into a novel that is difficult to put down. I highly recommend it. It is available at Waukee Public Library.

What are you reading? Send me your recommendations! Email is best: devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us. I look forward to hearing from you!

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