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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

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and a work of non-fiction, In Other Words. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the PEN/Malamud Award; the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, for In altre parole. Whereabouts is Lahiri's first novel written in Italian and translated by her into English. www.jhumpalahiri.net

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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 * SUNDAY TIMES *
Elegantly done, a portrait veiled in quiet melancholy, but which still celebrates the unexpected joys of the quotidian, and how much more sharply you can appreciate them when alone * THE TIMES *
Insightful, elegant prose exposing the faults that make us human * I NEWS *
Addictive ... Sometimes we're in the mood for intimate novels exploring the intricacies of human emotion ... Quietly mesmerising * STYLIST *
So timely ... Takes daring and to my mind beautiful risks with structure and plot -- ELIZABETH DAY * BBC Radio 4 Open Book *
Its sentences are honed to minimalist beauty ... The most exciting moments of the novel are when it becomes a novel of thinking, when it dives down into its sharp, provocative fragments -- MADELEINE THIEN * NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW *
A beautifully poised exploration of an interior life * DAILY MAIL *
Each chapter an espresso shot of regret and loneliness ... This is a book about belonging and not belonging, place and displacement * GUARDIAN *
Compelling ... Whereabouts feels like a movie ... Stylish and therapeutic * GUARDIAN *
A quietly bracing work of fiction ... This is arguably Lahiri's most beautifully written novel * THE NATION *
Whereabouts is rendered in short, journal-like fragments so strongly and rightly voiced that other books sound wrong when you turn to them * THE ATLANTIC *
An utterly compelling and contemplative story, infused with a fascinating character study, whose presence I still can't seem to shake off. * STYLIST *
Lahiri writes with subtlety and delicacy * NPR *
Whereabouts signals a new mode for Lahiri, and a daring transformation ... It feels true and wise to the core * LOS ANGELES TIMES *
Slim and bewitching ... A modern day flaneuse ... The author has a talent for capturing the everyday * SPECTATOR *
Evokes fleeting but resonant encounters with Chekhovian efficiency, making ordinary memories seem profound ... Ms Lahiri has taken risks for her craft, and they have paid off, beautifully * ECONOMIST *
Lahiri's prose is magnetic * MAIL+ *
A hypnotic disappearing act ... The book's peculiar magnetism lies in its clash of candour and coyness * OBSERVER *
An unusual literary and linguistic feat ... If, in English, Lahiri is an eye, in Italian, she's an ear * NEW YORK TIMES *
Glorious ... Written with grace and sensitivity ... Magnificent * INDEPENDENT *
Jhumpa Lahiri's writing is wonderful in the literal sense: on every page there is something to take your breath away * SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE *
Subtle and stirring ... A fascinating departure in cadence and form for Lahiri ... The sort of deft hand so few can properly wield: it evokes the sort of slow thrum of despair and loneliness so few can manage well.Lahiri is no ordinary writer ... Poetic as she is and always has been, seemingly innocuous turns of phrase cut to the core, while descriptions of light and darkness take you aback and make you swoon. Elegant, beautiful ... Whereabouts will stay with you longer than you anticipate * USA TODAY *
A meditative and aching snapshot of a life in suspension ... 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 * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *
Painterly ... exquisitely detailed... [Lahiri's] language seems to have been sieved through a fine mesh, each word a gleaming gemstone ... An incisive and captivating evocation of the nature and nexus of place and self * BOOKLIST *
Subtle and stirring ... A fascinating departure in cadence and form for Lahiri. Told in fragments, Whereabouts [is written with] the sort of deft hand so few can properly wield: it evokes the sort of slow thrum of despair and loneliness so few can manage well. But Lahiri is no ordinary writer. There's a calming sense of comfort one finds in the solitude experienced by our main character, largely due to the exactness of Lahiri's writing. Poetic as she is and always has been, seemingly innocuous turns of phrase cut to the core, while descriptions of light and darkness take you aback and make you swoon. Elegant, beautiful ... Whereabouts will stay with you longer than you anticipate * USA TODAY *
Some books leave you with a feeling for which there are no words, or at least no words in English that you know of. Jhumpa Lahiri's Whereabouts is one of those books. The feeling closest to what is evoked by this beautifully crafted novel is a stroll during the blue hour on the first warm evening of spring. A jewel of a book * BOOKPAGE *
A series of dreamy vignettes, an unconnected shuffle of moments or mornings of encounters that create a window into the life of an educated woman and teacher who is happily single... Beautifully observed and ruminative ... -- Penelope Debelle * SA Weekend *
Not one word is wasted. A total absence of exposition ensures each microfiction is surgically edited to its barest, most beautiful bones. And yet there is a warmth here that encourages great affection for the anonymous narrator. Written with intelligence, elegance, empathy and hypnotic power, Whereabouts is destined to become a book of the year. * IRISH TIMES *
The storyteller in whose hands we can always expect to find the sacredness of the ordinary and the grace of the mundane constantly unveiled * FINANCIAL TIMES Summer Books 2021: Critics' picks *
A novel with radical ambitions ... [An] evocation of a life at once painfully precarious and yet full of small, intensely physical pleasures * LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS *
The storyteller in whose hands we can always expect to find the sacredness of the ordinary and the grace of the mundane constantly unveiled * FINANCIAL TIMES Summer Books 2021: Critics' picks *

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