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Awkwardness is Gogol's birthright. He grows up a bright American boy, goes to Yale, has pretty girlfriends, becomes a successful architect, but like many second-generation immigrants, he can never quite find his place in the world. There's a lovely section where he dates a wealthy, cultured young Manhattan woman who lives with her charming parents. They fold Gogol into their easy, elegant life, but even here he can find no peace and he breaks off the relationship. His mother finally sets him up on a blind date with the daughter of a Bengali friend, and Gogol thinks he has found his match. Moushumi, like Gogol, is at odds with the Indian-American world she inhabits. She has found, however, a circuitous escape: "At Brown, her rebellion had been academic ... she'd pursued a double major in French. Immersing herself in a third language, a third culture, had been her refuge--she approached French, unlike things American or Indian, without guilt, or misgiving, or expectation of any kind." Lahiri documents these quiet rebellions and random longings with great sensitivity. There's no cleverness or showing-off in The Namesake, just beautifully confident storytelling. Gogol's story is neither comedy nor tragedy; it's simply that ordinary, hard-to-get-down-on-paper commodity: real life. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Interesting look into an arranged marriage and the adjustment to life in a foreign country. Good story as it traveled through two generations. Well written and informative.Published 2 days ago by Sparecat
I loved them all. This author captures the spirit of a person and puts it down in print. A worthy read.Published 3 days ago by d humphreys
Ana amazing story! Couldn't put it down. The author has this incredible way of making you think you were there. Read morePublished 4 days ago by adrienne
A great read recommended to me by my Indian friend. True to real life situations. Very well written. Love that just enough details were given without over describing. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Melissa
I had read Interpreter of Maladies and found this book so interesting - an every immigrant story.Published 6 days ago by Cynthia
I loved this book. My friend suggested it to me when I was looking for similar authors as Rohinton Mistry (A Fine Balance). This is a great American immigrant story.Published 7 days ago by CAROLINE ONYANGO