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Book Title: The Namesake|
The author of the book: Jhumpa Lahiri
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
The size of the: 25.25 MB
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Date of issue: 2004
ISBN 13: 9780618519965
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The remarkable debut novel by Mariner's original house author, The Namesake is a quietly beautiful family portrait that deftly expands on Lahiri's signature themes of love, solitude, and cultural disorientation (Harper's Bazaar), the very themes that made her collection of stories of an international bestseller beloved by readers worldwide as well as an enormous favorite among reading groups. In The Namesake Lahiri follows the Ganguili family on their journey from a tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. After their arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima adapts, though with effort, while his wife longs for home. When their son, Gogol, is born, the task of naming him betrays their hope of respecting old ways in a new world. And we watch as Gogol stumbles along a first-generation path strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With great empathy, acute insight, and unparalleled poise, Lahiri explores the expectations bestowed on us by our parents and the means by which we come to define ourselves. Readers -- and reading groups -- who flocked to Interpreter of Maladies will find The Namesake equally elegant, subtle, and deeply affecting.
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Read information about the authorNilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri was born in London and brought up in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Brought up in America by a mother who wanted to raise her children to be Indian, she learned about her Bengali heritage from an early age.
Lahiri graduated from South Kingstown High School and later received her B.A. in English literature from Barnard College in 1989. She then received multiple degrees from Boston University: an M.A. in English, an M.A. in Creative Writing, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. She took up a fellowship at Provincetown's Fine Arts Work Center, which lasted for the next two years (1997-1998).
In 2001, she married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist who was then Deputy Editor of TIME Latin America Lahiri currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. She has been a Vice President of the PEN American Center since 2005.
Lahiri taught creative writing at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Much of her short fiction concerns the lives of Indian-Americans, particularly Bengalis.
She received the following awards, among others:
1999 - PEN/Hemingway Award (Best Fiction Debut of the Year) for Interpreter of Maladies;
2000 - The New Yorker's Best Debut of the Year for Interpreter of Maladies;
2000 - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut Interpreter of Maladies
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