The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri

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I really enjoyed this book, which I read on Elise’s recommendation. I’m not from an immigrant family myself, but I think I’m enough a part of Elise’s family now that I recognize many of the issues that Lahiri’s characters, both first and second generation, deal with in this book. The only thing I didn’t really like was the way the narrative jumped around, explicitly informing you of major events before they are narrated, or neglecting to mention certain events until later in the narrative.

My Goodreads rating: 4 stars