This discussion, led by MPL librarian Ariel Zeitlin, is designed to follow Jhumpa Lahiri's Open Book / Open Mind Online conversation on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. There is no need to attend the Open Book / Open Mind webcast to participate in the related book club discussion.
REGISTER SOON for Open Book / Open Mind Online with Jhumpa Lahiri (not the book club)
ABOUT JHUMPA LAHIRI
Acclaimed for works of fiction like 'Interpreter of Maladies,' 'The Namesake,' 'Unaccustomed Earth' and 'The Lowland.' Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is celebrated for her depiction of immigrant and Indian-American life, yet her poignant stories also capture universal themes of longing, loneliness and barriers of communication. She was born in London in 1967 and raised in Rhode Island. Her Bengali parents, a teacher and a librarian, took their family on regular trips to Calcutta, India to visit extended family. Lahiri currently serves as chair of the creative writing department at Princeton and divides her time between Brooklyn, New Jersey and Rome.
This is Jhumpa Lahiri's first book to be published in 10 years. She originally wrote it in Italian and translated it to English herself. "Whereabouts" was excerpted in The New Yorker magazine before publication and the book has already received wide acclaim. Publishers Weekly called it "A meditative and aching snapshot of a life in suspension. The unnamed narrator, a single, middle-aged woman, lives a quiet life in an unnamed Italian city, ambling between cafes and storefronts, dinner parties with friends, and a leisurely career as a writer and teacher….Throughout, Lahiri’s poetic flourishes and spare, conversational prose are on full display. This beautifully written portrait of a life in passage captures the hopes, frustrations, and longings of solitude and remembrance.”