Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

A bittersweet, quietly poignant account of a Bengali couple who immigrate to chilly Massachusetts, and of their son's efforts to navigate between his two lives as an Indian and American. Lahiri's crystalline prose captures the rhythms of experience with astonishing vividness, and the joy, sadness and confusion of a life lived in exile.