“The Namesake” picked for February 4 discussion

The Namesake by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri will be the first book for 2020 in the Library’s popular evening book series. The literary theme for all of this year’s selections is identity. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the All Saints Episcopal Church’s second-floor library; the change of location is due to the library closure for the final construction phase. A father and mother, a son and daughter: two generations of a typical Bengali–American family, are poised uneasily atop the complex and confounding fault lines common to the immigrant experience. The Namesake deftly demonstrates how the familiar struggles between new and old, assimilation and cultural preservation, striving toward the future and longing for the past, play out in one particular set of foreign-born parents and their American-born children. The Library’s book discussions are open to all. Copies of The Namesake are now available for checkout.

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