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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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...
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...
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...
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: https://chireviewofbooks.com/2017/05/...
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...
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...
September 08, 2017
Sometimes it's hard to find yourself until you let go of the yourself that has been defined by other people.
June 29, 2017
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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...
June 14, 2017
This just wasn't my cup of tea....
July 05, 2017
This is another book I heard about on NPR, and I am really enjoying NPR's recommendations. My family came here from Eastern Europe just before the turn of the last century, and I could imagine them trying to navigate America in much the same way that Satyal's Indian characters do. But this is mor...