Jhumpa Lahiri in Chicago

Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri

The city of Chicago’s One Book, One Chicago program attempts to “cultivate a culture of reading and discussion in Chicago by bringing a diverse city together around one great book.”

After choosing such classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Night and Pride and Prejudice, the city has picked Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies for its latest selection. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author visited Chicago to discuss her work and her Indian-American identity.

I read and enjoyed Interpreter of Maladies, but I haven’t attempted The Namesake. Should I go for it, or wait for the movie starring Kal Penn and Tabu?

October 9, 2006
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  1. October 9, 2006, 10:52 pm Hilal

    I say definitely read it, Deepa! The Namesake is a *journey* very much worth taking.

  2. October 10, 2006, 8:25 pm Pavani

    I too enjoyed IoM. Go for it, preferably before the movie comes out!

  3. October 12, 2006, 12:13 am Deepa

    Thanks for the recommendations – I’m travelling this weekend, so I think I’ll pick up the Namesake for my in-flight entertainment!

  4. October 13, 2006, 4:46 pm Nadia

    The Namesake is playing at Lincoln Center on Nov 1.
    Info here: http://www.iaac.us/sixth_film_festival2006/opening_night_gala_tickets.htm