Jhumpa Lahiri's poignant first novel, The Namesake, builds on the themes of her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies. In The Namesake, the Ganguli family emigrates from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs at the end of the 1960s, shortly after an arranged marriage. An MIT engineering student, Ashoke is progressive and ready to enter American culture, while his tradition-bound wife, Ashima, desperately misses her Indian home and resists the new world. When their first child, a boy, is born, they give him the pet name of Gogol, after the Russian writer, whose writings Ashoke believes were instrumental in saving his life. This tale of three generations sensitively explores the profound conflicts between cultures and generations, the child's search for cultural identity, and the power of acceptance. ©Random House
Book discussion on Wednesday April 20th at 1pm by the fireplace. Film showing to be announced!