Hi Book Buddies– Just closed the cover on The Lowland. Loved it. A moving story of people living between 2 cultures, set years ago in India, ending in present day U.S. Lahiri is a compelling, if understated, story teller, quietly weaving the lives of the 5 main characters over 50 years of emotional conflict and cultural tensions.
The story starts In Calcutta with two closely knit brothers, who take divergent paths. When a family tragedy occurs, their lives are connected in new ways and the ensuing years pay the price of decisions made. The persistence of the past runs through each of the characters lives with emotional force and you find yourself waiting and hoping for the best for them against the odds.
Life in India, the story of immigrants, the unraveling of a family– all pull you through the story. I love Lahiri’s writing (Pulitzer Prize winner) for its descriptions of time and place, for it’s quiet, clear opening of lives and relationships. I’m glad it landed on my summer reading list.
P.S. Lahiri’s other excellent works include:
Interpreter of Maladies
The Namesake: a Novel (also a movie)