from the book The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.
"A new decade began: 1970. In winter when the trees were naked, the stiff ground covered with snow, a second letter came from Udayan, in an envelope this time.
Subhash tore it open and found a small black-and-white photograph of a young woman.
She was at ease, also a little skeptical. Her head turned partly to one side, her lips closed but playful, her smile slightly askew. Her hair was in a braid, draped over from one shoulder. Her complexion was deep.
She was compelling without being pretty."
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