Whereabouts: Intelligent, elegant and destined to become book of the year

Book review: Powerfully controlled writing by Jhumpa Lahiri as not one word is wasted

Jhumpa Lahiri. Photograph: Venturelli/WireImage

Jhumpa Lahiri. Photograph: Venturelli/WireImage

“And I would tell her how much I like to sit outside, pick up a warm pen in my hand, and write down a sentence or two.”

Whereabouts, the fourth novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Booker Prize-shortlisted Jhumpa Lahiri is narrated by an unnamed woman, considering her existence of relative solitude, as she moves through a year in her life in an unnamed Italian city. It is remarkable.

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