Jhumpa Lahiri & Alessandro Giammei in Conversation

Tue, May 11, 2021, 6:00 pm  
Location: 
Labyrinth Books

cover of book:  Whereabouts by Jhumpa LahiriFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies comes a marvelous new novel -- her first in nearly a decade. Please join us for a discussion and reading.

Tickets are $30. The price covers a signed copy of Whereabouts and ship charge to locations in the Continental U.S. To register.

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in this novel, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. The woman at the center wavers between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties. The city she calls home, an engaging backdrop to her days, acts as a confidant: the sidewalks around her house, parks, bridges, piazzas, streets, stores, coffee bars. We follow her to the pool she frequents and to the train station that sometimes leads her to her mother, mired in a desperate solitude after the narrator’s father’s untimely death. In addition to colleagues at work, where she never quite feels at ease, the woman we follow has girlfriends, guy friends, and him, a shadow who both consoles and unsettles her. 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.