The Namesake: A Novel (Paperback)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations. Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity from “a writer of uncommon elegance and poise.” (The New York Times)

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 honoring tradition in a new world ??—?? conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs.
"Dazzling...An intimate, closely observed family portrait."??—??The New York Times
"Hugely appealing."??—??People Magazine
"An exquisitely detailed family saga."??—??Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and a work of nonfiction, In Other Words. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the PEN/Malamud Award; the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, for In altre parole.

Praise For…

"A debut novel that is as assured and eloquent as the work of a longtime master of the craft." —New York Times

"Graceful and wonderfully specific prose. Grade: A" —Entertainment Weekly

"Hugely appealing."—People Magazine

"Simple yet richly detailed writing that makes the heart ache as [Lahiri] meticulously unfolds the lives of her characters." —USA Today

"In the world of literature, Lahiri writes like a native." —San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] generous, exacting portrait of the clash between cultural dictates and one man's heart." —Boston Globe

"The casual beauty of the writing keeps the pages turning." —Elle

"Astringent and clear-eyed in thought, vivid in its portraiture, attuned to American particulars and universal yearnings . . . memorable fiction." —Newsday

"[Lahiri's] writing is assured and patient, inspiring immediate confidence that we are in trustworthy hands." —Los Angeles Times

"Achingly artful, Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel showcases her prodigious gifts." —Baltimore Sun

"Lahiri's inventive imagination and mellifluous prose makes her first novel simply wonderful . . . It's simply splendid." —Providence Journal

"A fine novel from a superb writer." —Washington Post

"A delicate, moving first novel." —Time 

"Deftly expands on Lahiri's signature themes of love, solitude and cultural disorientation." —Harper's Bazaar

"Lahiri weaves an intricate story of ... an Indian family in America. Their bumpy journey to self-acceptance will move you." —Marie Claire

"A debut novel that triumphs in its breadth and mastery." —Star Ledger

"An accomplished novelist of the first rank, to whose further work we can look forward with confidence and excitement." —San Diego Union-Tribune

"A book to savor, certainly one of the best of the year." —Atlanta Journal Constitution

"[An] exquisitely accomplished novel." —San Jose Mercury News

"One of the best works of fiction published this year." —Seattle Times

"A fascinating journey of self-discovery." —Miami Herald

"Emotionally charged and deeply poignant." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"Graceful and beautiful." —San Antonio Express-News

"In this second book Lahiri's pace and accent are unmistakable: somber, unrushed, acute in the exposure they offer to life's injuries and to its inroads of hope." —The Nation

"Validates all the accolades she's received to date and beckons for more." —St. Petersburg Times

"A poignant, beautifully crafted tale of culture shock." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Against all that is irrational and inevitable about life, Lahiri posits the timeless, borderless eloquence and permanence of great writing." —Pittsburg Post Gazette

"This poignant treatment of the immigrant experience is a rich, stimulating fusion of authentic emotion, ironic observation, and revealing details." —Library Journal

"Lahiri's ... deeply knowing, avidly descriptive, and luxuriously paced first novel is equally triumphant [as Interpreter of Maladies]." —Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780358062684
ISBN-10: 0358062683
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English