Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Five juicy, complicated, and otherwise strange family tales

Maura Roosevelt is the author of the new novel Baby of the Family.

One title on her "all families are complicated" reading list, as shared at LitHub:
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

This lyrical novel focuses on Nikolai Gogol, the only son of a couple who moves from Calcutta, India, to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in order for Gogol’s father to study engineering. The novel follows Gogol’s life as he grows up in America, struggling with the balance between his American identity and the Indian culture that his parents—and potentially he—hope to preserve in his life. It’s an in-depth, moving story of reckoning with one’s family and expectations.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue