Finished most the book in one go. I really enjoyed the author's style which trips right along effortlessly. The characters are well-developed, especially the mother. I didn't relate that well to Gogol, the main character, but I was fascinated by the story of his parents. I was surprised and found it somehow satisfying that Gogol has several relationships and that each one is chosen based on his need to feel a certain way about himself (to feel intellectual, or effortlessly American, or Indian). I get a tired of stories about people finding that perfect person, with only small and humorous obstacles to get over before they get to the inevitable and predictable "happily every after." I'm looking forward to reading her volume of short stories!