Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
This book follows a young Bengali (Indian) couple who come to the United States right after they marry. When their son is born, the letter from Ashima's grandmother naming him is lost in the mail and never arrives. They end up naming him Gogol, after the Russian writer. We see the effect that this unusual name has on Gogol as he grows up. The writing style was a bit distant at times, but it was well written. I had read the book a few years ago, but since my book club was discussing it in January, I reread it. I rate it 4 out of 5.