The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

I see that this has had mixed reviews, but I very much enjoyed it – a story of an Indian immigrant to America, whose political brother is killed by state violence in Calcutta, leaving his pregnant wife to be adopted, and indeed married, by the protagonist. This obviously leads to some grimly fascinating (and entirely believable) family dynamics over the decades, interlocking with the experience of Asian immigrants in even a relatively liberal part of the USA. Tightly written with what one could almost call vivid understatement in places.

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