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The Lowland
The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book A Time Top Fiction Book An NPR "Great Read" A Chicago Tribune Best Book A USA Today Best Book A People magazine Top 10 Book A Barnes and Noble Best New Book A Good Reads Best Book A Kirkus Best Fiction Book A Slate Favorite Book A Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book An Apple Top 10 BookNational Book Award Finalist and shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeThe Lowland is an engrossing family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution, and a love that endures long past death. Moving from the 1960s to the present, and from India to America and across generations, this dazzling novel is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.
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My latest book club book.
Something was lacking with this story. I found it a bit flat and it lacked depth or passion or something. I wanted to feel more emotion for the characters than what I did.

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BarbaraBB
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I liked this book more than I expected. It is a family saga set in turbulent Calcutta and quiet Rhode Island. It‘s about brothers and wives, mothers and daughters. Above all it is about people making choices for themselves and the consequences of those choices for others. Lahiri is a thoughtful storyteller with a lot to tell.

#ReadingUSA2019 #RhodeIsland

Librarybelle Awesome! 3mo
vivastory I love Lahiri's stories, I need to read this one 3mo
Blaire One of my go-to authors! 3mo
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rachaich
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What a wonderfully written book.
This was riveting in its pace and delivery and it kept me mulling over the experiences of all the characters.

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rachaich
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Potentially this has all the elements I look for... fingers crossed!

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rebbyj
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Enjoyable. Nice references to rhode island farmers.

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Stephaniereads1
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I enjoyed this. The Namesake will@alway be my favorite but I love how Lahiri tells a story.

Shamzi This book is brilliant, I loved the story, the writing style, it's pace, everything was so masterful 11mo
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Stephaniereads1
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My weekend plans.

Bookwormjillk I loved Lowland. Enjoy! 11mo
Stephaniereads1 It‘s what I started today and I‘m really enjoying it. I love her. The Namesake is one of my favorite books. 11mo
bookaholic1 Enjoy!! 11mo
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andioop
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Preyroy
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Great decision.
The story sticks to author's narrative around Indian immigrant, nicely depicting the journey that a relationship undergoes subjected to an individual's decision, circumstances and time.
The book weaves through societal expectations, personal conviction and the fragility yet resilience of relationships. The perforating effect of words and actions through generations kept me intact till the end.

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Cinfhen
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#HeyJune Just came back from airport 😢my son had a #tickettoride to NY🗽Hoping to see him in a few weeks💙
The tagged book was for bookclub a few years ago, it produced good discussion. Two brothers living in Calcutta who were once super close grow apart as one heads to America. When one brother dies the other offers his young bride a #tickettoride to America. This arrangement is met with plenty of resistance from the family & the bride too❣️

TrishB Awww ❤️ safe travels for him and hugs for you. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB I‘m not good at goodbyes ☹️ 2y
TrishB Understand 😔 especially when it‘s the kids! 2y
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KarenUK Airport goodbyes are the worst 😢... sending big hugs to you 💕 2y
emilyhaldi Goodbyes are always hard, no matter how soon you will see them again! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB @KarenUK @emilyhaldi airport goodbyes are the WORST ~ Thank goodness for sunglasses 🧡they hide those ugly puffy eyes 2y
Cathythoughts I agree , goodbyes are tough.. a sign of big love ❤️ 2y
Bklover Goodbyes are awful. One of the hard parts of having kids. He will probably have a wonderful time- that helps! Love to you my friend!❤️❤️❤️😘 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhh... airport goodbyes (AND he‘s going to NYC!!). Do you have a stiff drink, pizza, chocolate and a good book? 2y
Cinfhen Best advice @GlassAsDiamonds 😘and thanks for the love @Cathythoughts @Bklover (edited) 2y
mrp27 If it helps you any I used to bawl like a baby when I would drop my mom off at the airport when she would come out and visit me. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😢😢 I hope y‘all had a good visit!!! 😘 2y
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josie281
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My grab from a Little Free Library by my dad‘s house. It‘s a gamble. Anyone read it before?

Cinfhen Yes! It‘s good! Nice pick 😀 2y
Ruri_kaichou I read it several years ago and really liking it. 2y
CSeydel No but I loved her other two books, Interpreter of Maladies and 2y
Weaponxgirl @CSeydel I read that one too and thought it was great. I'd happily read another by her 2y
mdhughes72 I enjoyed this one much more than 1y
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Scarlett_ohara
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If you're into books such as Brick Lane or stuff by Khaled Hosseini, you will definitely enjoy this book. It's refreshing to read about cultures that are so different from your own. So many different situations in this book, no right, no wrong, simply what is culturally acceptable and what is not. It's an emotional book and a very enjoyable read.

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Deborah42
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Though I didn‘t connect with this story as much as other works by Lahiri, the writing, as always, is utterly beautiful.

Two brothers, close in age and inseparable as children, eventually find their paths in life diverging. Subhash is the elder brother, steady and loyal, while Udayan is bold and reckless. Udayan‘s involvement with violent revolutionaries has life-changing consequences that will span generations.

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bibliostephanie
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I feel drained, depleted, but still loved the book. Beautifully written. I knew nothing of the communist revolution in Calcutta and now want to read more about that. The ending of the novel is hard. Brace yourself.

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bibliostephanie
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...just as it was useless to save a single earring when the other half of the pair was lost.

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MiaCostello
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"And yet he had loved her. A Bookish girl heedless of her beauty, unconscious of her effect. She'd been prepared to live her life alone but from the moment he'd known her he'd needed her"

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Abailliekaras
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I'm sorry Littens but I had to bail. It's true what they say, Jhumpa Lahiri is an amazing writer: assured, lucid and clean. But for me this read like an elegant history lesson. It felt aloof and flat and I did not care about the characters. Maybe it's the lack of speech marks, but it seemed like she wanted to tell us about the Naxalite movement in India & events were contrived to serve that end. Too 'written' for me. So sorry! 🙈 pic: HK by night

batsy I haven't read this one but that was my problem with Lahiri's short stories. The writing was impressive but it also felt aloof and "too written", as you put it. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Have you read anything else by her? I‘ve really liked her others, but bailed on this one. I keep thinking I‘ll try it again someday! 2y
Tamra A writer's writer? 2y
Abailliekaras @batsy @ValerieAndBooks I'm glad I'm not alone! No I haven't tried her other work. @Tamra perhaps? 😬 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Udayan seems to channel the sprit of #Lithium - somewhere between reckless and revolutionary - "in a daze 'cos I found God". But so far unfortunately the book doesn't have the energy of the song. (To be fair, Jhumpa Lahiri may not be aiming for a Nirvana read-alike!) Memories of first year uni are made of this song - new and anarchic. #Rocktober ?

BarbaraBB Same memories for me. Nirvana and Pearl Jam of course. At University. Time flies...! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Reading and playgrounding 📖

Tanisha_A Going to read it very soon. Thanks for this sweet reminder. 😁 2y
Abailliekaras @Tanisha_A I'm a little nervous as I have high expectations! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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The old packing problem ... it's an India/Asia theme with The Lowland and Sea of Poppies, plus Once Upon a Time in the East already in the case. They all sound #amazing so I can't wait to read them! 📚🏷
#septembowie

Cinfhen Our bookclub LOVED 2y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen good to hear! Huge expectations for this one 😬 2y
Currey I love Amitav Ghosh but have not read The Lowland 2y
sisilia I love Jhumpa Lahiri. I've read all her works and my fav is still 2y
Abailliekaras @sisilia I'm keen to try after hearing so much about her. 2y
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WellReadCatLady
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Working on a display featuring authors that will be at Inprint Houston readings or had their books chosen for the book club. #library

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violabrain
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I adore Jhumpa Lahiri's writing. Her use of language feels like fresh, cool water and it leaves me feeling calm and clean. This is a beautiful, complicated book about family, love, and how the choices we make in life affect those close to us. I also loved that each section of the book was in itself a complete (long) short story and each chapter within each section was also a complete short story. Masterfully written, as always.

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Bevita
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Loved it. Story about two Indian brothers; one comes to the US as a student, the other is a revolutionary and killed by Indian police. Couldn't put it down. Amazing author. 5 out of 5.

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InknScribbles
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#quoteoftheday #4 Future a mysterious thing. Ain't it?
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A lovely quote by Jhumpa Lahiri
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#quotes #litsyquotejournal

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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I'm glad I finished The Lowland with my favorite snuggle buddy on my lap because it's an emotional read! I'm honestly shocked at the low review percentage on here because it's excellent and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'm so looking forward to discussing it with my book club. #catsoflitsy #kittensoflittens

Lindy I really like this one also. 👍 3y
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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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This book has some terrible reviews, but I'm going to give it a try anyway! Wish me luck. 🤞🏼📚🤞🏼📚🤞🏼

Lindy I enjoyed this very much. I hope you do too. 🍀 3y
BooksForEmpathy Oh I loved this one. Great writing and will give you (hopefully) a lot to think about. I thought it made for a great book club discussion. 3y
Notafraidofwords One of my favorites. 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com @BooksForEmpathy I'm so glad to hear that because it's a pick for one of my book clubs. ☺️🙌🏼 3y
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monalyisha
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This is a book that you should take your time with... & because I read it for a book club & because I'm someone who has trouble living in the now (always anticipating my next read), I couldn't give it the slow, luxuriating attention it deserves. However, if I had truly loved it, I would have treasured the time it took. It's rich, evocative, literary & philosophical but rarely warm. I've heard this is her weakest book; I want to try "The Namesake."

Cinfhen Our book club was divided on this one, but most loved it and we had a really great discussion 💞 3y
monalyisha @Cinfhen Nice! I was torn between "pick" and "so-so." It's really a very good book. Do you recall any particularly fruitful talking points? 3y
Cinfhen Most of the focus was on the wife's attitude and gratitude (lack of) to her husband, his family and their daughter. Some felt very passionately about her having to leave her homeland and believing she was entitled to grow & evolve, while others found her unlikeable, ungrateful & selfish. 3y
monalyisha @Cinfhen I mean, the genius is that it's kind of both, right? 3y
Cinfhen Yes!!! Absolutely, which is why I choose to make this book a pick instead of a so-so 3y
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monalyisha
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"June brought clouds that concealed the sun, storms that turned the sea gray. The atmosphere was raw enough for Subhash to keep wearing corduroy slippers instead of flip-flops; to continue to preheat the electric blanket on the bed."

#exactly

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monalyisha
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"The present was a speck that kept blinking, brightening and diminishing, something neither alive nor dead. How long did it last? One second? Less? It was always in flux; in the time it took to consider it, it slipped away."

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monalyisha
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"But it was still a welcoming space, with a tube well in one corner, and terra-cotta pots containing dahlias, and the marigold and basil his mother used for prayers."

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monalyisha
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"The Jamestown Bridge was prominent, the Newport Bridge, a few miles in the distance, more faint. On cloudy days, at intervals, the sound of a foghorn pierced the air, as conch shells were blown in Calcutta to ward off evil."

Unexpectedly reading about my home state; I love the idea of imagining that the foghorns are warding off evil.

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Sheenah684
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Almost halfway through and forgot my earbuds 😕 Listening to the beautiful prose has been getting me through the workday.

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Bookwormjillk
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Finally getting this one off my TBR. Jhumpa Lahiri is a genius. Don't know why I waited so long to start this.

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MicheleinPhilly
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#riotgrams #pretty One of my favorite authors. Also 😍.

Hooked_on_books I didn't know she was so stunning. 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Hooked_on_books YES! It's an added bonus because we know she's brilliant! 3y
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Moray_Reads
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Lahiri's writing is beautiful but there is a remove from the characters, a sylistic choice to reflect their isolation from each other, which prevented them from really touching me. There is much to admire in The Lowland but I can't say I actually enjoyed it. Nevertheless, I'd like to read more of Lahiri's work, perhaps I will like another more. #TacklingTheTBR

Notafraidofwords This is one of my favorite books of all time! 3y
saresmoore I was *this close* to picking up one of her books at the bookstore today. I just wandered by and was drawn to them. Perhaps a good one to sample from the library. 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @Notafraidofwords she's an excellent writer I just felt I couldn't connect with it. Maybe it just wasn't the right time 3y
Notafraidofwords @Moray_Reads I totally get it. 3y
monalyisha Exactly how I felt! 3y
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Macnjen
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Beautiful writing! I listened on audiobook, great narration and interesting story. I'll read more of Lahiri again! #litsyAtoZ

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ReadinginBhutan
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Nothing seems to actually overtake and everyone involved is so private, so unlike the one character that changes everything for them. There's this calmness or silence that rings through out the book. However the ending😊 was wishful and I'm glad things worked out.
Jhumpa Lahiri does it best with emotions and loss💔.
4/5★★★★
#jhumpalahiri #thelowland #fiction #booksintheair #book #bookworm #bookworld #review #bookstagram #favoriteauthor

BooksForEmpathy Oh I loved this one! Your copy has such a beautiful cover!!! 3y
Soubhiville Your view is incredible! 3y
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Seansworth
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No such thing as too late in the night to start a new book!

LindsayReads A credo if I ever heard one! 3y
PomegranateMuse 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉yes!! Lover her! 3y
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Victoria_C
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"Writing down call numbers with short pencils, searching up and down aisles that would turn dark when the timers on the lights expired. She recalls, visually, certain passages in the books she'd read. Which side of the book, where on the page."

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TelevisionNeighbor
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Megabooks Loved this one!! 3y
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radicalbodylove
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So far, so good! I'm not surprised, since I always like reading Jhumpa Lahiri, but it's always nice to start reading and be immediately into the book. I can tell this is going to be good :)

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By far the prettiest #textonlycovers in my TBR pile. I just hope the inside is just as pretty! ✨#booktober

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Megabooks
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A smattering of the books I have that are #setinasia. I tend towards China, North Korea, India, and recently have read a couple of Filipino short story collections.
#somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

RealLifeReading I loved the Mia Alvar collection. She's such a good writer 3y
moranadatter Any recs for memoirs about living in North Korea? I've been meaning to pick one up, but I have no idea where to start. 3y
Megabooks @kmdartist My favorite on NK so far has been this one. It's not in the pic, but it is truly 5🌟 3y
moranadatter Awesome. Thanks! 3y
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Qemorio
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I've heard good things about Lahiri but this book just didn't do it for me. The world she builds is interesting and well thought out but the characters are flat. I left wanting to know more about every other character except the main one. There is a big reveal but I knew all of it very early on, not a single bit came as a surprise. The landscape that she took her sweet time painting was not enough to make up for the characters moving through it.

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Qemorio
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Mehso-so

I've heard good things about Lahiri but this book just didn't do it for me. The world she builds is interesting and well thought out but the characters are flat. I left wanting to know more about every other character except the main one. There is a big reveal but I knew all of it very early on, not a single bit came as a surprise. The landscape that she took her sweet time painting was not enough to make up for the characters moving through it.

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Qemorio
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Mehso-so

I've heard good things about Lahiri but this book just didn't do it for me. The world she builds is interesting and well thought out but the characters are flat. I left wanting to know more about every other character except the main one. There is a big reveal but I knew all of it very early on, not a single bit came as a surprise. The landscape that she took her sweet time painting was not enough to make up for the characters moving through it.

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Qemorio
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Mehso-so

I've heard good things about Lahiri but this book just didn't do it for me. The world she builds is interesting and well thought out but the characters are flat. I left wanting to know more about every other character except the main one. There is a big reveal but I knew all of it very early on, not a single bit came as a surprise. The landscape that she took her sweet time painting was not enough to make up for the characters moving through it.