'The Lowland'

Georgetown Book Club's May Selection

The LowlandAs children in India in the 1960s, brothers Udayan and Subhash Mitra are close and spend their days exploring their neighborhood in Calcutta and sharing adventures. However, as they come of age, Udayan develops a commitment to radical politics that Subhash does not share. Soon, tragedy strikes, and it is the characters' attempts to build their lives in its wake that Jhumpa Lahiri explores in her 2013 novel, The Lowland.

United in this struggle are Subhash and Udayan's wife, Gauri, as well as the child Gauri gives birth to soon after the tragedy, Bela. In depicting these characters' linked attempts to recover and move forward, Lahiri also examines themes of family, identity, and the power of individual choices to create unexpectedly resonant consequences.

Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss The Lowland on Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome! 

Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call the library at 202-727-0232.

-- J. Strusienski