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Date finished: October 12, 2017

Rating: ★★★★

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

Before The Lowland, I had only read short stories by Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies, specifically). I was a bit hesitant to read this one because I worried Lahiri wouldn’t deliver the same quick, lasting impact of many of her short stories, but I was not disappointed.

The Lowland follows the story of Subhash from childhood until old age. Between family deaths, tragedy, happiness lost and found, and an uncertain identity, Subhash is an incredibly affecting character.

At the story’s onset, Subhash’s brother Udayan is also a large part of the narrative, and the two bear some resemblance to The Kite Runner‘s Amir and Hassan — running freely around the town near their home and getting into trouble. As the story progresses and Subhash grows older, so does the story arc change and mature, and we’re left following Subhash on his journey in fatherhood after moving to the U.S. for college.

Interesting, captivating, and important. I’m eager to read more of Lahiri’s work.

Photo courtesy @sadiahmed92 (Instagram)

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