Whereabouts (novel)

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First edition (Guanda, 2018)
AuthorJhumpa Lahiri
Original titleDove mi trovo
TranslatorJhumpa Lahiri
Publisher [it]
Publication date
30 August 2018
Published in English
27 April 2021
Media typePrint (softback)

Whereabouts (Italian: Dove mi trovo) is a 2018 novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. It is her third novel, her first since The Lowland (2013). It was originally written in Italian, and later translated into English by Lahiri herself.[1]

Writing and development[]

Whereabouts was first written in Italian, Lahiri's second book in the language after In Other Words, a non-fiction book.[2] Though the city in which the book is set is not disclosed, Lahiri has said it "[...] was born in Rome and set in my head in Rome and written almost entirely on return visits to Rome".[3]


An unnamed narrator travels around an unnamed European city, contemplating her solitude.


Dove mi trovo was first published in softback in Italy, by the Milan-based publishing house  [it] on 30 August 2018.[4][5] Lahiri's English translation, titled Whereabouts, was published in hardback in the US by Alfred A. Knopf on 27 April 2021[6] and in the UK by Bloomsbury Publishing on 4 May 2021.[7]


In its starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote, "Lahiri's poetic flourishes and spare, conversational prose are on full display."[8]

Kirkus Reviews wrote, "Its spare, reflective prose and profound interiority recall the work of Rachel Cusk and Sigrid Nunez."[1]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri". Kirkus Reviews. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  2. ^ Allardice, Lisa (1 May 2021). "Jhumpa Lahiri: 'I've always existed in a kind of linguistic exile'". the Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  3. ^ Kelly, Mary Louise; Dorning, Courtney. "Jhumpa Lahiri On Her Unique Use Of Place In 'Whereabouts'". NPR.org. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Dove mi trovo - Jhumpa Lahiri - Libro - Guanda - Narratori della Fenice". IBS.it (in Italian). Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Dove mi trovo". Guanda.it (in Italian). Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri". Publishers Weekly. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
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