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The Namesake

The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.


Dhingra, Lavina and Floyd Cheung, eds. Naming Jhumpa Lahiri: Canons and Controversies. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012.

Kafka, Phillipa. On the Outside Looking In(dian): Indian Women Writers at Home and Abroad. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003.

McDaniel, Jan. Indian Immigration. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers, 2004.


Jhumpa Lahiri official author website

University of Minnesota's Voices from the Gaps website includes biographical information, as well as a brief critical analysis of The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies

Indian Immigration
A comprehensive article on Indian Immigration to the U.S. from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, with a particular focus on political issues

Interviews with Jhumpa Lahiri

Interview with Melissa Block on National Public Radio, August 2003.
Lahiri reads excerpts from The Namesake and discusses naming convention in Indian culture, the narrative structure of the novel, and its universal themes.

Interview in The Atlantic, April 2008.
Lahiri discusses the process of writing, her literary influences, and the vulnerability of being a writer.

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