Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives--Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America--until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.
This is another excellent book from Jhumpa Lahiri. The Lowland is about the lives of two brothers and how events in the Naxalite movement in India shaped them both. Lahiri has an amazing way of seeing the sadness, hopelessness, and truth in simple, everyday events. She follows the stories of the brothers and the people they touch beautifully. She also moves back and forth between parts of the stories so that more and more is revealed as the book progresses. Yes, this book is sad at times, but it also has some hopeful notes, which many of her works lack. She shows us an interesting window into the lives of Indian-American immigrants, and all those who struggle to fit in to a new place when family and tradition continue on in the old place. Give this or her other works a try. She's an amazing writer.