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NEW YORK: Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s fiction book The Lowland has been nominated for the US National Book Award 2013.
Revolving around the lives of two brothers bound by tragedy in the 1960s Kolkata, the book has been listed among five finalists for the prestigious award by the National Book Foundation.
One writer in four categories – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people’s literature – will walk away with the award to be announced at ceremony on November 20 here. Each award also carries a cash prize of $10,000.
The Lowland was also nominated for this year’s Man Booker Prize which went to Canadian-born New Zealander Eleanor Catton for her book The Luminaries.
Listing The Lowland for the award, the National Book Foundation said the book is a “work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.’’
Lahiri’s first book of short stories titled Interpreter of Maladies got her the prestigious Pulitzer Prize as well as the PEN/Hemingway Award.
Her second book of short stories titled Unaccustomed Earth was named among the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.
And her novel The Namesake went on to become as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly. Mira Nair also made a film The Namesake based the novel in 2006.