No One Can Pronounce My Name

No One Can Pronounce My Name

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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 mid-forties, 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 mid-forties, 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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250112118
Branch Call Number: FIC Satyal, R 2017
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 12, 2018

I found this book ultimately endearing and immediately recommended it to my cousin ;)

Feb 01, 2018

I found this book absurd. I cannot think of one person whom I would recommend this book to for the foul language and the perverse subject matter. I feel I wasted 10 hours of my time hoping that somehow the story would redeem itself. I read the book based upon it being selected as a "county read". Last time I will do that. I would have rated it a 0 star. However, the reader of the audio book did well. He inflected his voice in a Hindu manner in the appropriate places and he did well changing his voice to impersonate different characters throughout the book. OK, I will raise my rating to 1/2 star!!!!

Jan 27, 2018

Can a novel be "sweet"? This qualifies. Reading "No One an Pronounce My Name" felt a bit like walking on a long, meandering path; it's enjoyable, with little tension, seemingly leading to nowhere. The pace picks up later (and I'd wished for more of that, earlier) and though it all wraps up a bit too tidily for any fans of realism, that wrap-up feels satisfyingly sweet.

I think this author has a better book in him somewhere as I can almost see it in the parts of the book I most enjoyed (the dialogue with Cheryl, at the book convention, for one).

lydia1879 Jul 16, 2017

At first, I picked this up because the blurb made me laugh.

"For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers cannot pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat Sanskrit phrases from their yoga classes."

This book is about coming into yourself and becoming who you really are and how you feel most comfortable and the uphill battle that comes along with it. It's about fitting in, standing out and everything in between. I loved it so much.

This was such an unexpected and beautiful surprise.

SquamishLibraryStaff Jun 30, 2017

This is a humorous and heartwarming story about a group of characters living on the margins of American society. Satyal brings these misfits together so that they can learn to accept themselves and find a bit of happiness in the process. The ending was a little too contrived, but if you’re looking for a feel good read ‘No one can pronounce my name’ fits the bill.

Cynthia_N Jun 28, 2017

I'm having a hard time writing my thoughts on this one. It had a slow start and the characters had some odd characteristics (one was dressing up as his dead sister to make his mother happy) but by the end the book made me happy. The characters all seemed stuck in their roles and to see them grow into who they wanted to be was very satisfying!

May 21, 2017

Interesting characters but not much of a plot.


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