Whereabouts (Hardback)
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Whereabouts (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 04/05/2021
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Set against the evocative backdrop of an Italian city and told in Lahiri’s hypnotic prose, Whereabouts traces one woman’s thoughts, dreams and solitary wanderings as they culminate in one life-changing moment.

The new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author: a haunting portrait of a woman, her decisions, her conversations, her solitariness, in a beautiful and lonely Italian city.

The woman moves through the city, her city, on her own. She moves along its bright pavements; she passes over its bridges, through its shops and pools and bars. She slows her pace to watch a couple fighting, to take in the sight of an old woman in a waiting room; pauses to drink her coffee in a shaded square. Sometimes her steps take her to her grieving mother, sealed off in her own solitude. Sometimes they take her to the station, where the trains can spirit her away for a short while. But in the arc of a year, as one season gives way to the next, transformation awaits. One day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun's vital heat, her perspective will change forever.

A rare work of fiction, Whereabouts - first written in Italian and then translated by the author herself - brims with the impulse to cross barriers. By grafting herself onto a new literary language, Lahiri has pushed herself to a new level of artistic achievement. A dazzling evocation of a city, its captures a woman standing on one of life's thresholds, reflecting on what has been lost and facing, with equal hope and rage, what may lie ahead. 

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526629951
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the most interesting American writers at work today ... Whereabouts feels like her answer to Matisse's cut-outs: she has taken her writing apart and reconstructed it, sparely, to make something new, where silence matters ... If the antidote to a year of solitude and trauma is art, then this novel is the answer. It is superb.' - The Sunday Times

'A rare kind of literary celebrity.' - Vogue

'A hypnotic disappearing act ... The book's peculiar magnetism lies in its clash of candour and coyness.' - The Observer

'An unusual literary and linguistic feat ... If, in English, Lahiri is an eye, in Italian, she's an ear.' - The New York Times

'Praise for Jhumpa Lahiri: A writer of formidable powers and great depth of feeling.' - The Observer

'She has a talent - magical, sly, cumulative - that most writers would kill for.' - The Guardian

'Lahiri spins gold out of the straw of ordinary lives. The calm, pellucid grace of her prose, the sustained stretch of crystal clear writing, its elegant pianissimo tone, pulls the reader from beginning to end in one neat arc. Every detail, every observation, every sentence rings with the clarity of truth.' - The Times

'It's as beautiful as anything you will ever read - it touches your soul.' - Stylist

'A fine writer, discriminating, compassionate and surprising.' - Rachel Cusk

'A writer of uncommon sensitivity and restraint.' - The Wall Street Journal

'A writer of uncommon elegance and poise.' -  TheNew York Times

'Lahiri joins the ranks of those whose work goes further and illuminates human nature in general.' - The Times Literary Supplement

'Hypnotic ... An excellent example of the art of fiction.' - The Daily Telegraph

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““Where I find myself ”.”

What I really like about this book is the perfect serene moving way it tells us about our inner workings.
The narrator goes through life’s simple events; having coffee with friends, walking in the streets or by the... More

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“A compelling snapshot of a life”

Whereabouts is impressive. If asked what it’s about, I’d struggle to make it sound interesting. But it is; compelling, even. I’m not sure how Jhumpa Lahiri achieves it. I read it immediately after The Namesake. They... More

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“Fascinating and Compelling”

Just loved this brilliant compelling novel. The author gives us snippets of the life of an unnamed narrator in an unnamed location (although we can assume it is a place in Italy). Gradually we learn about our... More

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