Whereabouts

Whereabouts

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A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies--her first in nearly a decade.

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. The woman at the center wavers between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties. The city she calls home, an engaging backdrop to her days, acts as a confidant: the sidewalks around her house, parks, bridges, piazzas, streets, stores, coffee bars. We follow her to the pool she frequents and to the train station that sometimes leads her to her mother, mired in a desperate solitude after her father's untimely death. In addition to colleagues at work, where she never quite feels at ease, she has girl friends, guy friends, and "him," a shadow who both consoles and unsettles her. But in the arc of a year, as one season gives way to the next, transformation awaits. One day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun's vital heat, her perspective will change.

This is the first novel she has written in Italian and translated into English. It brims with the impulse to cross barriers. By grafting herself onto a new literary language, Lahiri has pushed herself to a new level of artistic achievement.

Title:Whereabouts
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593318317
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    Whereabouts Reviews

  • Ilse

    La solitudineWhereabouts - Dove mi trovo - my first foray into Jhumpa Lahiri’s work turned out to be her first novel she has written in Italian since she moved from the US to Rome, chose to leave En...

  • Jenny Lawson

    A tiny novel about everything and nothing. ...

  • Reading_ Tamishly

    "I feel sad as I laugh; I didn't know love at her age.What did I do? I read books and studied.I listened to my parents and did what they asked me to. Even though, in the end, I never made them happy.I...

  • Violeta

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this little ‘story’ of urban loneliness. 150 pages of nuanced prose that reads like a poem. Constructed of the fewest words possible in order to cut ...

  • Ines

    I was very impressed by this reading, I didn’t really think to find pages and pages of complete loneliness and melancholy....Jhumpa lists many places where we w will find her female character ( unkn...

  • Ron Charles

    Blame Hemingway.Since Papa published “The Sun Also Rises” in 1926, a subgenre of literary fiction has swelled around Depressed Guys Wandering. For a certain kind of dead serious writer, it is an i...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Library overdrive...Audiobook....read by Susan Vinciotti Bonito 3 hours and 23 minutes “When there was nothing left to say, we went out for a meal” Nice plan! I have little to say about this book ...

  • Diane S ?

    A middle aged woman, never named, in an unknown city, this book contains over 40 vignettes. The woman is a people watcher, a depressive and wants to connect with others, but also loves her solitude. A...

  • BookOfCinz

    Whereabouts takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. Reading this book is like reading art. This book is beyond beautiful, the writing is precise, moving, and gives you this calming effect that...

  • Maxwell

    [2.5 stars]Feeling more like an exercise than a fully formed novel, Whereabouts marks Lahiri's return to fiction for the first time in nearly 8 years. We follow an unnamed female narrator in her mid-4...