A domestic epic that manages to combine the personal and intimate with the political and the public superbly well -- Harry Ritchie Daily Mail She has an extraordinary power of empathy for her characters and a steady hand for unspooling the knotted threads of their individual motives and histories Sunday Times An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle Vogue Profound . real and convincing. The characters don't act like people in a novel: they are much closer to real life in their responses, their heartfelt cries of pain -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times A sweeping, ambitious story... There is no doubt that The Lowland confirms Lahiri as a writer of formidable powers and a great depth of feeling Observer She observes the small moments of adapting to a new country particularly beautifully. Cool, measured and beguiling writing The Times Poignant story and epic sweep Tatler Elegant and thoughtful Literary Review Jhumpa Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we're transported seamlessly into another place ... Every family story is somehow a war story; Lahiri has a talent for coolly illustrating this truth Vanity Fair Such is the strength, individuality and vividness of Lahiri's characters, that it's a loss when their voices finally fall silent -- Rachel Hore Independent on Sunday Hypnotic ... An excellent example of the art of fiction -- Bharat Tandon Daily Telegraph [An] immaculately constructed and a model of lucidity, well deserving of its place on the Man Booker shortlist Mail on Sunday A domestic epic that superbly combines the personal and intimate with the political and public Irish Mail on Sunday Moving, surprising and utterly compelling ... It's as beautiful as anything you will ever read - it touches your soul ... We're not surprised that Lahiri's work has made the Man Booker shortlist - it certainly gets our vote here Stylist Thrillingly nuanced ... Lahiri's most ambitious work to date, brimming with pain and love and all of life's profound beauty O, The Oprah Magazine Epic in sweep, especially when combined with the laden, potent themes, the intertwining of politics and sexuality, the cauterizing of emotional wounds and grievances, and the repetition of places and personalities ... Ms Lahiri's prose hums along as efficiently as a well-tuned engine, showing us the melancholy beauty of coastal New England; the surreal perceptions of an immigrant ... And the tension between generations -- Siddhartha Deb International Herald Tribune An important novel for Lahiri to have written -- Robert McCrum Observer This is the sort of domestic epic that manages to combine the personal and intimate with the political and public superbly well -- Harry Ritchie Daily mail Jhumpa Lahiri is intelligent, astute, informed and genuine . The Lowland is real. Its emotional intelligence is extraordinarily persuasive, as is the calm, quietly intense Lahiri -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times Lahiri writes with great emotional precision -- Anjali Joseph The Times Her finest work so far -- Michael Gorra New York Review of Books Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel is a testament to her abundant talents. No other writer is as adept at conjuring the quotidian texture of her characters' lives and revealing how their choices, often based on cultural expectations, have shaped their fates Khaled Hosseini, Best Books of the Year 2013
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013 and the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013
From Subhashs earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brothers sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan charismatic and impulsive finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him.