The Namesake: A Novel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 1, 2004 - Fiction - 336 pages
 With a new afterword from Jhumpa Lahiri, a new edition of the contemporary classic.

"Dazzling...An intimate, closely observed family portrait."—The New York Times

"Hugely appealing."—People Magazine

"An exquisitely detailed family saga."—Entertainment Weekly

Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world—conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs.

In The Namesake, the Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.
 

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User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

Lahiri's prose describes well the struggle of both first and second generation immigrants who are caught between two worlds, yet her narrative failed to draw me into the emotional struggle of her characters. I wanted to love the book, but I couldn't. Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Klagge - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, which I read on Elise's recommendation. I'm not from an immigrant family myself, but I think I'm enough a part of Elise's family now that I recognize many of the issues ... Read full review

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Afterword
A Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri
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JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of four acclaimed works of fiction. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.
 

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