Edel Rodriguez
The Namesake
I've known author Jhumpa Lahiri since the late 1990's.  At the time she was working on a small collection of short stories, some were excerpted in The New Yorker magazine.  The stories were published as a book titled Interpreter of Maladies.  She was just a regular person!

This is Jhumpa, I really have to do a drawing of her one day.
Interpreter of Maladies was given a Pulitzer Prize and Jhumpa was suddenly on Charlie Rose, in Entertainment Weekly, and so on.  It was funny seeing someone you knew make it big!  There were a lot of expectations surrounding her second book.  It was titled The Namesake and was very well received.  The book was reviewed in the Boston Globe in 2003 and I was asked to do the art that accompanied the article.  That's the image of the boy above.  I gave the original to Jhumpa and she put it on the wall in her little boy's room.  "The Namesake" is now a film and I think it's in limited release around the country.  It's received some nice reviews so you should check it out if you're looking for a film this weekend.  The film is directed by Mira Nair, who also directed Monsoon Wedding and Mississippi Masala.  There are no big Hollywood Stars and probably no large explosions, so it's my kind of film already.  You can see the trailer here.
The wraparound cover artwork for The Namesake is by Philippe Lardy
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