Ellen’s September Recommendation

namesakeThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

“I listened to this book on a drive to Colorado, and it was beautifully narrated. Gogol Ganguli is the American-born son of Ashoke Ganguli, who comes to MIT from India in the late 1960s. Gogol is named in honor of the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, and over three generations Lahiri chronicles the tension between the traditions of the Bengali community of immigrants and their American-born children. Lahiri says, ‘The book isn’t so much about names per se. It’s more about what we inherit from our parents—certain ideas, certain values, certain genes—the whole complex set of things that everyone gets from their parents and the way that, no matter how much we create our own lives and choose what we want out of life, it’s very difficult to escape our origins.'”

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