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Lahiri, Jhumpa.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
ISBN 0395927218
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This highly absorbing novel depicts the lives of Ashima Ganguli and her family. Ashima, a young bride of an arranged marriage, is newly brought to America, homesick and fully pregnant. Ashima has her baby in a land very foreign to her both in geography and culture. She grips on to motherhood as a form of survival until she becomes more and more comfortable. The story then evolves to that of her American born son, Gogol. Gogol is very unaware of his parentsí history and what has shaped them into who they have become. Instead, typical of a young man, Gogul focuses on and struggles through his own growing pains. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)
SUBJECTS:  Young men -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        East Indian Americans -- Fiction.
                        Children of immigrants -- Fiction.
                        Alienation (Social psychology) -- Fiction.
                        Gogol', Nikolai Vasil'evich, 1809-1852 -- Fiction.


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