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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri; The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

- Abstract

These two coming-of-age novels, both of them released in the last months to much acclaim, are set in different environments but treat a common theme: alienated children who inhabit two worlds but are at home in neither.

About the Author

Sam Munson, who reviewed Elizabeth Bishop’s Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box in May 2006, is online editor of COMMENTARY.