Review: Whereabouts


by Jhumpa Lahiri

Alfred A. Knopf, 2021

Adult Literary Fiction

Summary: We follow a woman who lives in an unnamed town in Italy. It is mostly her observations but also emotional experiences. She has a complicated relationship with her aging mother and dead father. Lahiri wrote it in Italian first and then translated it into English.

Likes: This is a short book but it feels very dense. There are funny anecdotes while others are a little more heart-squeezing. There are some interesting differences that come from the town being in Italy but there were plenty of relatable human moments.

Overall Lahiri is amazing. Her book, In Other Words, was her understanding of Italian at the time and this shows how far she has come. She is so smart and insightful. I also still have books of hers to read.

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