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About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and, most recently, The Lowland. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.
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Product details

  • Publisher : Penguin Hamish Hamilton (26 April 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0670095419
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0670095414
  • Item Weight : 300 g
  • Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Country of Origin : India

Review

“This evening as I read in bed I hear the roar of cars that speed down the road below my apartment. And the fact of their passing makes me aware of my own stillness. I can only fall asleep when I hear them. And then I wake up in the middle of the night, always at the same time, it’s the absolute silence that interrupts my sleep.”

Lahiri doesn’t disappoint with her yet another much-awaited novel (more like a novella), which touches upon details of mundane life in such relatable ways that you can’t put this short book down without devouring every word and sentence and chapter, and then reflect over your own life and, perhaps, look at it from a different or a fresher perspective.

Even while reading it for the first time, I already knew I would have to come back revisit it again. Just for the tone that it sets for me and the calm it brings over me.

I loved how Lahiri touches upon and deals with the banality that our unnamed protagonist’s life is – isn’t that how most of our lives are too? By the end of Whereabouts, I felt quite intimate with this protagonist – and that’s the magic Lahiri weaves through her stories.

Solitude, like in most of her works, has been the theme of this story. It doesn’t comment on the joy or agony that solitude brings with it – isn’t it upto you what you make out of it?- but how and where it seeps into and out of our day-to-day activities.

Unlike most of her other fiction work, this protagonist isn’t about or around a migrant. Which is a fresh thing for her to do. And, needless to say again, I loved it.
Another departure from her usual novel writing – this (kinda plotless) one is more like a collection of short stories, about the same protagonist, that are woven together extremely well, providing this story a complete and strong connectedness and making it flow smooth like a novel.

I’m so glad to have chosen this book as my fiction read after simultaneous non-fictions. This work enchanted me, inspired me and reinvigorated me, and I don’t see if Lahiri’s tone of work appeals you, why you shouldn’t read her latest work – Whereabouts!

“The city doesn’t enchant him, after just two days he’s complaining about our haphazard way of life. He says, “The amount of garbage is insane. The streets are complete chaos. How do people live here?” And I wonder, what exactly did he learn about the world after living in all those different countries?”

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