The Lowland

The Lowland
Jhumpa Lahiri

Summarizing the plot of any Lahiri book takes only a few words. But the plots are deceptively simple-  her characters and storytelling are exceptional! She has a way of describing everyday moments- attending a class, getting the mail, cooking rice- so they appear vividly in the reader’s mind and linger there long after the last page is turned.

Lowland is the story of two brothers from India. Subhash travels to America for college and, while he returns home for visits, never  moves back. Udayan, however, gets involved in controversial politics in his homeland. These choices made early in their lives determine the brothers’ fates.
There are other parts to the plot- marriage, children- but in the end this is a story about the two brothers: the things that they shared, and the things that drove them apart.

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