Out of Sorts
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Flamingo, 291 pp, £15.99, January 2004, ISBN 0 00 225901 X
Jhumpa Lahiri’s first book, Interpreter of Maladies (2000), was a collection of spare short stories, whose characters, many of them Indian, exist in a sort of permanent exile, living in America but never fully belonging to it. In her sprawling first novel, The Namesake, she revisits this territory and attempts to move beyond it.