Second Saturday Book Group – he Lowland — Jhumpa Lahiri

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Date(s) - 02/10/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri

Lahiri’s sweeping novel traces the lives of two brothers born in Calcutta, India — close enough to almost be twins – and their family from Indian independence to the present day.  One brother stays in India, the other migrates to the U.S.    Nominations: Booker Prize, National Book Award for Fiction, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction.  In 2000 Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Interpreter of Maladies.

Why?  Seventy years ago this year, the Indian Independence Act 1947, an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, partitioned British India into the two new independent dominions of India and Pakistan. Today India, second only to China in world population, is a country that deserves our attention.  Also, like in Homegoing, this story traces two branches of a single family, one in India, the other in the US.  Thanks to Terri Harrow for recommending this one.