I remember when this book came out and there was all this hype. And then I heard the author, Jhumpa Lahiri, on NPR, on Fresh Air and was appauled. She spent much of the interview saying how she wasn't a very good writer, and just generally putting herself down. All of this despite that she had been awared the Pulitzer and the Guggenheim.
Needless to say, I was turned off. And perhaps that still has influenced how I feel about the book. Don't get me wrong, I am all for modesty, but I cannot stand when people put themselves down. Especially when it is clear that they don't believe it, and are just fishing for more compliments.
I think it received such acclaim because there weren't many books out there about Indians. There still really aren't. So in that way it stood out.
But overall I found the book predictable. It was hard to really feel for or like any of the characters. The book centers around how the naming of their first born son, sets in motion a series of events that impacts the family forever. It looks at what it means to leave your home country and what it can take to feel at home in your native country.