Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honouring tradition in a new world—conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs.
In The Namesake, the Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.
"Deftly expands on Lahiri's signature themes of love, solitude and cultural disorientation." — Harper's Bazaar
"Lahiri's pace and accent are unmistakable: sombre, unrushed, acute in the exposure they offer to life's injuries and to its inroads of hope." —The Nation