Two ARC’s – Bryson and Lahiri
August 29, 2013
The Great Depression and World Wars get so much historical attention that the 1920’s tend to get overshadowed. Correcting this in a big way is Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927. I got engrossed in this the last couple of weeks, as there’s a revelation on every page in this fast 450 pages. Murder cases, anarchists, Prohibition, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, the Federal Reserve setting us up for a fall, and the first amazing transatlantic flights – it’s all here in a fresh narrative tapestry. You may think you already basically know about this stuff but take another look. Please post a comment to claim. This comes out October 1.
Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel The Lowland follows the lives of two brothers from Calcutta – one locally and dangerously politicized in a leftist peasant’s movement, the other building a quiet new life in distant Rhode Island. Besides the lowland of their boyhood home, the brothers become connected by a woman and a child, the biological child of one of the brothers who grows up believing she is the daughter of the other. This plot is painfully sad but Lahiri writes succinct, poignant sentence fragments to great effect. This one is out sooner next month. Any takers?