Whereabouts

Author(s): Jhumpa Lahiri

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Staff Notes: This short, meandering novel is full of quietly profound reflections on solitude, urban life, and relationships. It follows a woman as she goes about her life and her city, alone. Whereabouts is contemplative and lyrical, and definitely for fans of Rachel Cusk. - Charlotte


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, it 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.  

Matilda Bookshop Review


In this finely textured novel, a gentle accumulation of details leaves an impression of a city--it's physical and psychic spaces--and a woman navigating that city over the course of a year.Taking us from train stations, beauty parlours, bookshops, the sea, the street, and to seasons and states of mind, a single woman in mid-life is on the brink of a threshold. Lahiri writes with great skill and observation about personal transformation and the glorious splendour of ordinary moments. This reads as a love letter to an Italian city and to those places we inhabit that sustain us. Molly

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General Fields

  • : 9781526629968
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.187787
  • : December 2020
  • : ---length:- '8.504'width:- '5.315'units:- Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 208
  • : 853.92
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Jhumpa Lahiri