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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Subtle but devastating…The themes of this beautifully written novel may be grand—love, revolution, desertion—but it’s an intimate tale that offers no easy answers.”


  • “Leave it to Lahiri to create yet another novel that’s as transporting and educational as it is beautiful and emotive…A writer of Lahiri’s caliber is always greeted with fanfare, but The Lowland is among the biggest events of the season.”


  • “In The Lowland, we are all emigrants, not from one country to another but from the present to the future…Tremendous.”


  • “Provocative, intriguing…Thrillingly nuanced. The intimate connection between siblings informs and impacts every other relationship in The Lowland…Brimming with pain and love and all of life’s profound beauty.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “In The Lowland, pressure grows [and] every character’s actions are up for debate. The Lowland is about how history is just the same mistakes, made by different generations. But it’s also about how time can trick you into believing that change is possible. Lahiri plays with that [idea] brilliantly.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A classic story of family and ideology at odds, love and risk closely twined…An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle.”


  • “An artful tale of two Indian brothers bound by tragedy and a brilliant woman haunted by her past. With its strong characters and polarities, The Lowland unfolds with gripping effect, drawing you into situations which at first seemed so distant.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we’re transported seamlessly into another place.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Gorgeous…The painful partitioning of a great country is echoed in the life of one family in Lahiri’s novel of love’s tragic missteps and the sustained devastation of personal independence.”


  • “Striking…Honest and insightful…A compassionate tale of family, betrayal, and political ideology…The fraternal relationship and the relationship to the land drives the novel to its climax [with] vivid prose.”

    New York Daily News

  • “An absolute triumph. Lahiri uses a gorgeously rendered Calcutta landscape to profound effect.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lahiri’s unparalleled ability to transform the smallest moments into whole lives pinnacles in this extraordinary story of two brothers coming of age in the political tumult of 1960s India…Lahiri is remarkable, achieving multilayered meaning in a simple act.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Haunting…A novel that crosses generations, oceans, and the chasms within families…Lahiri’s skill is reflected not only in her restrained and lyric prose but also in her moving forward chronological time while simultaneously unfolding memory, which does not fade in spite of the years. A formidable and beautiful book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Memorable, potent…Lahiri has reached literary high ground with The Lowland.”

    USA Today

  • “Poised, haunting, exquisitely effective storytelling…Lahiri is one of our most beautiful chroniclers of the aching disjunctions of emigration and family.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[Lahiri’s] finest work so far…At once unsettling and generous…shattering and satisfying in equal measure.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Divided consciousness has been Lahiri’s recurrent theme. . . . This time, Lahiri daringly redraws the map. . . . [Her] prose is blunter, less mellifluous: here worlds, new and old, contain terrors.”


  • “Pulitzer Prize winner Lahiri’s unparalleled ability to transform the smallest moments into whole lives pinnacles in this extraordinary story of two brothers…deservedly one of this year’s most anticipated books.”

    Library Journal

  • “A tale of two continents in an era of political tumult, rendered with devastating depth and clarity by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author. The narrative proceeds from the simplicity of a fairy tale into a complex novel of moral ambiguity and aftershocks, with revelations that continue through decades and generations until the very last page…Though Lahiri has previously earned greater renown for her short stories, this masterful novel deserves to attract an even wider readership.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred reviews)

  • Selected for the October 2013 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A Slate Magazine Best Book of 2013
  • A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
  • A 2013 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book in 2013 for Fiction
  • One of NPR’s Great Reads for 2013
  • A USA Today Best Book of 2013
  • A People Magazine Best Book of 2013
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of Fiction for 2013
  • A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of Fiction for 2013
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
  • A 2013 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • An October 2013 LibraryReads Pick
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