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February 26, 2006

The Namesake

Just finished a great book called The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

It's the story of the life and growth of a boy, and then man, born to Bengali parents who came to the States for a better life. The story describes the tradeoffs in intimate detail, as though you're a part of the family. The boy, Gogol, decides to change his name to distance himself from his heritage, which is so different from that of his American friends. As he goes through life, he learns to value that heritage more deeply.

I picked it up because it was on the new popular table by the front door of the bookstore, with about a million good reviews from newspapers and magazines on the cover, and I was delighted with the choice.

Posted by sedda at February 26, 2006 07:39 PM