P&P Live! Jhumpa Lahiri — Whereabouts: A Novel - with Anna De Fina

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 6:00pm

*Signed bookplates available to event attendees (while supplies last)!

Exuberance and dread, attachment and estrangement: in Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches her themes to the limit. Lahiri’s narrator, a woman questioning her place in the world, wavers between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties. The city she calls home acts as a companion and interlocutor: traversing the streets around her house, and in parks, piazzas, museums, stores, and coffee bars, she feels less alone.

We follow her to the pool she frequents, and to the train station that leads to her mother, who is mired in her own solitude after her husband’s untimely death. Among those who appear on this woman’s path are colleagues with whom she feels ill at ease, casual acquaintances, and “him,” a shadow who both consoles and unsettles her. Until one day at the sea, both overwhelmed and replenished by the sun’s vital heat, her perspective will abruptly change.

Lahiri will be in conversation with Anna De Fina, Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics in the Italian Department and affiliated faculty with the Linguistics Department at Georgetown University. Her interests and publications focus on discourse and migration, identity, narrative and super diversity. She has published many articles on these topics and 10 volumes between authored and edited books. Her latest publication is the Cambridge Handbook of Discourse Studies, coedited with Alexandra Georgakopoulou.

In addition to the event, P&P's Director of Events, Brittany Kerfoot, will be teaching a class on Jhumpa Lahiri's fiction, including this book. You can find more information, plus register for the class, by clicking here!

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Whereabouts: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593318317
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Published: Knopf - April 27th, 2021

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