Set in both India and America, The Lowland is a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death. 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’re also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It’s 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. The Lowland has received much acclaim in recent months. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and nominee for the 2013 National Book Award and has been described as a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity.
Looking ahead, our February 25 selection is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. The discussion will be held in the Library Community Room at 6:45 p.m., and refreshments are based on the theme of the book. All are welcome to join the Novel T’s!