I spent the day trying to get over my cold but had time to finish reading The Namesake (همنام) . I had enjoyed Interpreter of Maladies (مترجم دردها) and so I’d been waiting for this book with great expectation. But The Namesake disappointed me. The book is exceedingly well-written and the characters carefully drawn and very engaging. Still, I found that the numerous descriptions sometimes substituted for plot and that certain writerly tics (lists, for example) became obvious in this longer work, whereas they weren’t in the short stories.