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The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri

If you are the reflective, thoughtful type and enjoy the opportunity to enter someone else's world this is a book you will enjoy

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Gogol makes the mistake of referring to New Haven as home. 'Sorry, I left it at home,' he says when his father asks if he remembered to buy the Yale decal his parents want to paste in the rear window of their car. Ashima is outraged by the remark, dwelling on it all day. 'Only three months, and listen to you,' she says, telling him that after twenty years in America, she still cannot bring herself to refer to Pemberton Road as home.

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And When Did You Last See Your Father by Blake Morrison
The World According to Garp by John Irving
 

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