Come to listen to "Alama and How she got her Name" and other stories. Ages: 0-4 with parent caregiver
Join us for a book discussion of New Haven's pick for this year's Big Read book The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. The Namesake follows the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. With penetrating insight, Lahiri reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, com to define ourselves.
The Namesake is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Although parents Ashoke and Ashima long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children.
The Institute Library supports the International Festival of Arts and Ideas by being part of The Big Read this year. This year's book is Jhumpa Lahiri's already-classic THE NAMESAKE. The Institute Library will be drawing on the Listen Here! team and hosting a short reading from THE NAMESAKE on Saturday, June 15th.