Study Guide

Graham in The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri

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Graham, a rich investment banker, is Moushumi's ex-fiancé whom she meets while both of them are working in Paris. Moushumi meets Graham through her friends Astrid and Donald, who went to school with Graham. We like to think Moushumi thinks of him as the one that got away.

Graham is the love of Moushumi's life, but things go sour when he complains about her relatives in India. Bad move, dude. Even though she is furious at his comments, she is devastated when they break up, and that makes Graham the impossible standard against which Moushumi measures poor Gogol. Graham fits in seamlessly with Moushumi's cultured friends and would have been wealthy enough to give her the lifestyle she craves.

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