The Namesake

Discussion on: 
05/07/2018 7:00 PM
Book by: 
Jhumpa Lahiri

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On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachussetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.  Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours and wrenching love affairs.