Publisher description for The namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri.
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Jhumpa Lahiri brings to her terrifically poignant first novel the remarkable powers of emotion and insight that have drawn more than half a million readers to her debut story collection. The Namesake enriches and expands on her signature themes: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and the tangled ties between generations.
The Namesake journeys with the Ganguli family from their
tradition-bound life in India through their fraught transformation into Americans. Ashoke Ganguli arrives in Massachusetts at the end of the 1960s, shortly after his arranged marriage in Calcutta, to pursue an engineering degree. Unlike her new husband, Ashima Ganguli resists all things American and pines for her family back home. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the confusions of respecting
old ways in 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 antic name.
Lahiri follows Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation
path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching relationships. Spanning three decades and crossing continents,
The Namesake is at every moment intimate, as Lahiri brilliantly swoops in on the perfect detail and revelatory emotion that open whole worlds in a phrase.
Readers who flocked to Interpreter of Maladies will find
The Namesake even more elegant, subtle, and deeply affecting.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Young men Fiction, Massachusetts Fiction, East Indian Americans Fiction, Children of immigrants Fiction, Assimilation (Sociology) Fiction, Alienation (Social psychology) Fiction, Gogolž, NikolaŠi Vasilževich, 1809-1852 Appreciation Fiction