The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri: Two generations of Bengali immigrants struggle to find fulfillment in a new homeland. Parents face the challenge of connecting to a new life far from Calcutta; children search for ways to weave Indian meaning into American success. Delicately written, with a tinge of melancholy and poignancy for the losses we all suffer - Amy Henry, aka Amy Cabernet Quilts.
Professor Rowena Ravenclaw was a Scottish witch, who lived in the early Middle Ages. Noted for her intelligence and creativity and regarded as one of the greatest witches of the age, Ravenclaw was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry along with Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff and Salzar Slytherin, as well as the namesake of the Ravenclaw House. Ravenclaw was “beautiful yet slightly intimidating.” #hp
The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.