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Bloomsbury presents Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri, read by Susan Vinciotti Bonito.

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.

©2021 Jhumpa Lahiri (P)2021 Penguin Random House USA

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  • Keith
  • 07-08-21

Belissimo

This was a beautiful novel. Very impressed by the understated, quiet wander through the life of the protagonist. About 50 scenes of her life at various aspects of her day to day, whether at the coffee bar, swimming pool, dinner party, etc. It is short but really achieves a lot in that space.

Reading was excellent, loved it.

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  • Jamal
  • 06-17-21

like floating above the streets of Italy

the pros in this was some of the most politically flowing writing that I have heard since Toni Morrison, it pulls you in with such vivid detail that moves like a calm river. there is melancholy in abundance but not in a way that makes you feel heavy, more in a way that allows you to reflect on your own life

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  • Dr. H. A. Jefferies
  • 05-27-21

Accomplished but unengaging.

This book was strange indeed. A series of very short reflections, akin to diary entries recounting moments in the life of someone detached from life. Carefully worded, but very dull. No plot. No progression. No personality to engage the reader’s interest. Random thoughts.

I read her book, In altro parole, and found it interesting and well-written. This book, despite some similarities, had a robotic quality that was off-putting.

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  • 05-21-21

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