New Delhi: Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri`s new novel ‘The Lowland’, a story of fate and will, exile and return, of the price of idealism and of a love that can last long past death, will hit book stores in September.
Set in both India and America, ‘The Lowland’, is Lahiri`s first full-length novel since the award-winning ‘The Namesake.’
The book, published by Random House India, will be launched on September 24.
"The Lowland" is about the lives of brothers Subhash and Udayan.
Born just 15 months apart, they are inseparable and are often mistaken for each other in the Kolkata neighbourhood where they grow up.
But they are opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and the charismatic and impulsive Udayan finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement.
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 has 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.
Says Meru Gokhale, editorial director of Vintage Books, Random House India, "It`s moving, intelligent, heartbreaking and has an emotional sweep that carries you between continents and decades. Her descriptive writing is sublime.
"Jhumpa is one of the great literary voices of our time, and `The Lowland` will be hailed as her finest book yet. She has a uniquely successful ability to reach readers, and to appeal to both the head and the heart."
Lahiri`s debut collection of stories "Interpreter of Maladies" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New Yorker Debut of the Year.
Her first novel, "The Namesake", was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was made into a major motion picture. Her second collection, "Unaccustomed Earth", was the winner of the Frank O`Connor International Short Story Award and a Commonwealth Writers` Prize.