|By (author):||Lahiri, Jhumpa|
|Subject:||FICTION / Contemporary Women|
|FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Literary|
|FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Italian|
|Publisher:||Knopf Random Vintage Canada|
|Size:||8.25in x 5.50in|
|From The Publisher*||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 centre 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 Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel written in Italian. It brims with the impulse to cross barriers. By grafting herself onto a new literary language, Lahiri has pushed herself ever farther from the shore.
|Review Quote*||"Jhumpa Lahiri [is] remarkable for the restrained elegance and sensitivity of [her] writing." -Toronto Public Library|
"This might sound ridiculous, but I've already cleared some space on my bookshelf for this beauty. Perhaps this will seem less ludicrous, Reader, once I remind you that this is the first novel Lahiri has published in ten years. And even more, Whereabouts is the first novel Lahiri wrote in Italian and translated into English. The protagonist of this tale negotiates stillness and movement, and community and alienation, as she grapples with her father's untimely death. She ultimately forges a relationship with the sea and her transformation is inevitable." -Literary Hub
|Biographical Note||JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and a work of non-fiction, In Other Words. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the PEN/Malamud Award; the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, for In altre parole.|