No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

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Read No One Can Pronounce My Name Online Free - A Humorous And Tender Multigenerational Novel About Immigrants And Outsiders—Those Trying To Find Their Place In American Society And Within Their Own Families.

In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can’t pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his midforties, lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit’s sister, Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane, Harit has taken to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister. Meanwhile, Ranjana, also an Indian immigrant in her midforties, has just seen her only child, Prashant, off to college. Worried that her husband has begun an affair, she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. When Harit and Ranjana’s paths cross, they begin a strange yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears.

Reminiscent of Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House, Ayad Akhtar’s American Dervish, and Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs. the World, No One Can Pronounce My Name is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires.

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ISBN : 1250112117
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Larry rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

Rakesh Satyal's second novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name , is a patchwork quilt of a book, where different but related threads come together into a gorgeous masterpiece. I read the entire book on a flight to the West Coast, and was dazzled not only by Satyal's beautiful prose, but the amazing...

Helene Jeppesen rated it ★★★☆☆

June 03, 2017

This story is about cultural clashes and how it can be difficult to fit into a new world and feel at ease there. Alone all the nuances of the new language can confuse you and make you feel somewhat ignorant and stupid. Ranjana, Harit and Prashant are some of the Indians in this story who have all...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2017

The descriptions of this book made it sound rather jaunty, and I can see how that is the case. But I personally had a very specific experience with this book and the connection was so deep that I stayed in this strong emotional state the whole time I read it. So jaunty? Sure, perhaps, but my expe...

Moshe rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2017

Sweet and tender, sad and delicate. Intricate and simple. A story of immigrants always interests me. Delightful

Sofia rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

Opening up to possibilities, not letting yourself, your ideas, your judgements ossify and become unmoveable. This is what this book is about. As human beings we get set in our ideas, what we think about others be they family or friends or enemies. I think as this book shows these ideas, thoughts...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

May 06, 2017

My expectations were exceptionally high for this book, which I've been impatiently waiting for since January. Satyal is a gifted writer and this book is great. I reviewed it for CHIRB and you can read the full review here:

Lorilin rated it ★★★☆☆

May 04, 2017

No One Can Pronounce My Name is the story of a group of Indian immigrants living in Cleveland, Ohio. Forty-something Harit is lonely and depressed after the death of his beloved older sister. He's doing his best to adequately care for his old and grief-stricken mother, but he's struggling. To get...

Dianne rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 25, 2017

This was a book written so beautifully, so lyrically that it was as if the words had been painted on canvas instead of merely typed onto paper. Why only two stars then? And why did I not finish this book even though I had read 75% of it? Because even with all of its beauty the story was slow, the...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2017

Wonderful! This book deserves more readership. No one can pronounce my (sur)name either...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

Please read more of my reviews at: Rakesh Satyal pulled me in to his new novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name, even though I didn't like any of his characters at first reading. Harit and Ranjana hold the novel together. Their families and friends circle them in t...

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