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Manchester Community College Common Read book selection for Fall 2017/Spring 2018

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

Coordinator of the Common Read Initiative

Please contact Andrew Sottile for assistance in integrating this program into your course or if you have any questions about the Common Read.

Andrew Sottile

Coordinator of the Common Read Initiative

Manchester Community College

Room L218c

Student Services Center (SSC)

860.512.2668

ASottile@manchestercc.edu

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri surprised the literary world in 2000 when she won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her very first full-length effort, a collection of short stories titled Interpreter of Maladies. The eloquent language, mature observations, and delicate insights belied her newcomer status. She published her first novel, Namesake, in 2003 to rave reviews. Her next effort, Unaccustomed Earth, a collection of short stories, netted the author several awards. In 2013 Lahiri debuted her second novel, The Lowlands, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and Man Booker Prize. - Newsmakers June 1, 2001 (Gale Biography in Context)

MCC Common Read 2017/2018

Manchester Community College Common Read

Fall 2017/Spring 2018 - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Common Read is a very popular program that is implemented all over the country within schools and communities to help enhance and support more thoughtful decision making as we make choices for our future. This program invites all readers to read and engage in one single text that explores controversial topics such as racism, ethics, and poverty. All faculty and staff, as well as our student body, are invited to join in the Common Read Program. I also invite any Instructors to take advantage of this program and incorporate this text within your course offering for the fall and spring semesters.

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The Namesake: A Novel

Jhumpa Lahiri's debut story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, took the literary world by storm when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. Fans who flocked to her stories will be captivated by her best-selling first novel, now in paperback for the first time. The Namesake is a finely wrought, deeply moving family drama that illuminates this acclaimed author's signature themes: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the tangled ties between generations. The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of an arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Ashoke does his best to adapt while his wife pines for home. When their son, Gogol, is born, the task of naming him betrays their hope of respecting old ways in a new world. And we watch as Gogol stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With empathy and penetrating insight, Lahiri explores the expectations bestowed on us by our parents and the means by which we come to define who we are.
 
 

Book Discussions

 

DATE/TIME

 

 

LOCATION

 

 

EVENT

 

13 September

2:00 pm

 

SBM

Auditorium

 

MCC's Common Read Kick-off: 

A Forum on Cultural Identity

 

 

26 September

12:30 pm

 

 

SBM

Auditorium

 

Documentary film showing and discussion: Meet the Patels

 

12 October

8:00 am

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 1-4

 

 

12 October

9:30 am

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 1-4

 

 

12 October

5:30 pm

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 1-4

 

 

8 November

2:00 pm

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 5 -8

 

 

8 November

4:00 pm

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 5-8

 

 

16 November

12:30 pm

 

 

SBM

Auditorium

 

 

Film showing and discussion: The Namesake

 

29 November

7:00 pm

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 9-12

 

30 November

4:00 pm

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

Discussion of Chapters 9-12

 

1 December

9:30 am

 

 

GPA

Commons

 

 

Discussion of Chapters 9-12

Common Read Events

Save the date for these upcoming Common Read events:

September 13 2:00 p.m.  SBM Auditorium

MCC's Common Read Kick-off: A Forum on Cultural Identity

 

September 26 12:30 p.m.  SBM Auditorium

Documentary film showing and discussion: Meet the Patels

 

November 16 12:30 p.m.  SBM Auditorium

Film showing and discussion: The Namesake