Actor Kal Penn and Writer Jhumpa Lahiri on The Namesake [2:04]


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The Namesake is a Big Read selection by the award-winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri. Kal Penn, star of the film adapation, leapt at the chance to read passages from the book that defined his favorite project to date. This shortcut is an unused excerpt from our half-hour audio doc that explores an Indian-American family's transition to the U.S. Ashima, the mother, endures an uneasy change---one day she's an unmarried Indian woman living in India and the next she's a married housewife in the very foreign city of Boston, Mass.