Jhumpa Lahiri, Whereabouts, MPL OB/OM

Jhumpa Lahiri
Whereabouts: A Novel

in conversation with Kate Tuttle
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7 p.m.


  Tickets are $5 to attend, or $27.99 with the book (pickup at the bookstore or make arrangements for mailing)

“The latest from Pulitzer winner Lahiri (The Interpreter of Maladies) is a meditative and aching snapshot of a life in suspension...This beautifully written portrait of a life in passage captures the hopes, frustrations, and longings of solitude and remembrance.”—Publishers Weekly

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. Lahiri's narrator, a woman questioning her place in the world, wavers between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties. The city she calls home acts as a companion and interlocutor: traversing the streets around her house, and in parks, piazzas, museums, stores, and coffee bars, she feels less alone.

We follow her to the pool she frequents, and to the train station that leads to her mother, who is mired in her own solitude after her husband's untimely death. Among those who appear on this woman's path are colleagues with whom she feels ill at ease, casual acquaintances, and "him," a shadow who both consoles and unsettles her. Until one day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun's vital heat, her perspective will abruptly change.

This is the first novel Lahiri has written in Italian and translated into English. The reader will find the qualities that make Lahiri's work so beloved: deep intelligence and feeling, richly textured physical and emotional landscapes, and a poetics of dislocation. But Whereabouts, brimming with the impulse to cross barriers, also signals a bold shift of style and sensibility. By grafting herself onto a new literary language, Lahiri has pushed herself to a new level of artistic achievement.


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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Whereabouts: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593318317
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-5 Days (Subject to Availability)
Published: Knopf - April 27th, 2021