No One Can Pronounce My Name: A Novel

No One Can Pronounce My Name: A Novel Author Rakesh Satyal
ISBN-10 1250112117
ISBN-13 9781250112118
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Picador
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One of Goodreads Best Books of the Month May 2017 One of BuzzFeeds 31 Incredible New Books You Need to Read This SpringOne of The Millions Most Anticipated Books of the YearA HUMOROUS AND TENDER MULTIGENERATIONAL NOVEL ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND OUTSIDERSTHOSE TRYING TO FIND THEIR PLACE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY AND WITHIN THEIR OWN FAMILIESIn a suburb outside Cleveland a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures For some America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers cant pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class Harit a lonely Indian immigrant in his mid forties lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harits sister Swati In a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane Harit has taken to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister Meanwhile Ranjana also an Indian immigrant in her mid forties has just seen her only child Prashant off to college Worried that her husband has begun an affair she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret When Harit and Ranjanas paths cross they begin a strange yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears Rakesh Satyal s No One Can Pronounce My Name is a distinctive funny and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires

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