Whereabouts
ISBN: 0593312082
EAN13: 9780593312087
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 29, 2022
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELER

A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies--her first in nearly a decade--about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.

A Most Anticipated Novel of 2021 from - Buzzfeed - O, The Oprah Magazine - TIME - Vulture - Vogue - LitHub - Harper's Bazaar

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. In the arc of one year, an unnamed narrator in an unnamed city, in the middle of her life's journey, realizes that she's lost her way. 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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   Gorgeous as always!
If you already love this author, take a chance and read it.
 
3
   I just didn’t get this book
I read the book, but I have to say that I don 't understand what the hype is all about. Nothing really happens and I really didn 't get much of a feel for the main character.
 
5
   Touching and Familiar
Ms. Lahiri's writing made it seem to me as if she were sitting across from me and telling me her most intimate thoughts and details.
 
4
   Good Company for a Waiting Room
I loved the Lowland and the unaccustomed Earth, but this is something totally different. Detached, meandering and without any real plot except the passage of time, the story follows a middle-aged professor as she lives her year in some generic Italian city. I rather liked it '', but I was in a mood of mind that needed a book at a down-tempo. I had a very frustrating week and the book was a great company to pass time in waiting rooms. Probably not her most engaging work, but if she wanted to try something new in her oeuvre, it is here.
 
4
   Finished!
It did not grab me from the start, however, I found myself looking forward to picking it up again and again.
 
4
   Captivating
A aimless woman, living in a nameless city, leads a nameless life. It should not work, but it doesn 't. The main character is the most miserable, unidentified, depressing person ever, but yet I was hooked in her mundane existence.
 
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   Lahiri, please come back or stop publishing books
Since I first read the interpreter of the Maladies, I have been a fan. I read it over and over again. Masterful : And what is this? Because I am a writer, too. And we all carry our little notebooks tucked into our pockets or briefcases and we all jot down ideas of things we see as we walk, conversations we overhear and musings we have about life. But here is the deal. We don 't publish this stuff! Because no one cares that a couple who was happy a few months ago isn 't anymore or that someone died on the street. We would care if these musings were turned into something else, something larger and more fleshed out. But what? I am now $50 richer and two hardcover books that I donate. I learned that you are jazzed with Italian. Yay, you are the one. But honestly, I don 't care. Next, thank you.
 
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   Sounds like Jhumpa Lahiri from a distance
I understand, admire and even relate to her desire to immerse in a new voice and identity. Some fleeting aspects of her talent with character and detail come through, but it is like there is a barrier between the story and character, while her writing in English was the most intimate immersion. I can only hope that she has achieved what she set out to do in transferring her voice to Italian, that she might bring back that famous literary voice of hers, one of the best modern voices in English literature.
 
5
   A great writer goes poetic!
I loved the book... It was like reading gentle poetry. The quality of the book itself is also old world.
 
5
   Wonderful but too short
Her creativity in capturing the lives of those she sees in passing is wonderful. I wish it went on forever.
 
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