Written By: Jhumpa Lahiri

Narrated By: Sunil Malhotra

Date: September 2013

Duration: 13 hours 3 minutes


National Book Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up.  But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and 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. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind—including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.

Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.


  • Liza

    Jhumpa writes about India, relationships , the struggle of the Indian identity in America, heroism, idealism, feminism - you name it, but she is doing that within a touching story, that will make you smile and cry, that breaks the heart and also fills with joy. The characters are nobel, each one in his/her way - a sensitive, too kind hearted, melting man, his brother which is an idealist to the extreme, which leads to his premature death, a brilliant woman that dives into her past and into studying, another idealist woman that cannot find her place and constantly moving. Lahiri has strong brilliant women as characters in her books, they tend to be well educated, successful, adopting western customs, free spirits that is not interested in being tied to men. It is refreshing to see an author with such characters (another author that tends to do so is the amazing Barbara Kingsolver). All of that in addition to her brilliant, beautiful writing and being a Pulitzer Prize winner.


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