“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri

This novel takes the Maoist insurrection in northeastern India as its motivating force; a student revolutionary is killed by police, and his death dominates the lives of his parents, brother, and widow.  Most of the story takes place in the US, though characters return to Calcutta at several key moments in the story.  I found the story deeply sad, moving, and wonderful to read.

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