Year 8, Book 101

101. The  Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Subhash and Udayan may be brothers who are close in age, but not in lifestyle. Subhash pursues the intellectual moving from India to Rhode Island to pursue a degree in marine biology while his brother remains in India and joins the Naxalite movement fighting against the ruling government. When Udayan’s activities result in his death and him leaving behind a pregnant wife, Subhash tries to step in and care for what his brother has left behind, but in doing so has he made life better or worse for himself, his sister-in-law, and his parents? The novel follows the rest of their lives to examine the effects that his decision has caused.

I enjoyed this book, though not as much as I liked The Namesake. If you are a fan of Lahiri’s other works though I would recommend it. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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