Why do you think Lahiri focuses the narrative on Gogol? What if the story continued to place Ashima at its center? What if it were told from another perspective, like Sonia’s?

Agree or disagree with the following, and explain why: Ashima becomes more independent in the novel only after Ashoke moves to Ohio.

In what ways is Ashoke a dutiful and loving husband to Ashima? In what ways is he emotionally distant?

Describe Gogol’s relationship to life in New York City. Does he feel he fits in there? If not, what keeps him in the city?

Explain the importance of education in the novel, and give examples related to at least three of the characters.

What does reading mean to Ashoke? To Ashima? To Moushumi? To Gogol?