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The Namesake
A Novel
By (author): Jhumpa Lahiri
9780358062684 Paperback, Trade English Age (years) from 14 FICTION / Literary Jun 04, 2019 Print Run: 50000
$22.99 CAD
Active 5.53 x 8.19 x 0.86 in | 280 gr 336 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Mariner Books
With a new afterword from Jhumpa Lahiri, a new edition of the contemporary classic.

"Dazzling...An intimate, closely observed family portrait."—The New York Times

"Hugely appealing."—People Magazine

"An exquisitely detailed family saga."—Entertainment Weekly

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.

InThe Namesake, the Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.

JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of four acclaimed works of fiction. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.

- 50k print run
- repackage of the contemporary classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author
- 19k copies of the previous edition sold in pb in Canada
- received rave reviews from The New York Times, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and more

"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 [asInterpreter of Maladies]." —Booklist

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