On Obama’s book list, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Obama’s eclectic book list mirrors his journey

TheLowlandOne of Obama’s more intriguing choices was Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Lowland,” about two brothers from India, one who comes to build a new life in America and the other who becomes ensnared in politics back home. Lahiri said Obama may relate to his own conflicting paths as the son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas.

“He has a sort of double vision of America as I do, as many people do, many people who have been both brought up and bred within America but also have a different perspective of the country,” Lahiri said. “In a sense, part of him comes from outside America, and he embodies both that contradiction and that richness.”

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