But now it's completed and I can reflect that I've enjoyed reading the pairs of books linked by epigrams. I can't say there were any revelations there, just plenty of contrast.
McCann's references to The Lazarus Project was more direct, perhaps, and while an interesting connection, I can't say it was a central motif in Let the Great World Spin. The book may have inspired him to tell the story, but I didn't find much of its influence in the novel itself.
Finally, The Namesake was rather tedious in its constant reference to Gogol's story "The Overcoat." My advice to Lahiri would be (putting it perhaps too bluntly) to spend less time waving the flag of connection in front of the reader and more time weaving it into the story for the reader to discover on his/her own.
This challenge was a lot of fun and encouraged me to explore some books I might never have read otherwise. This is my second year of Themed Reading, and I hope to be back next year, too. Thanks, Caribousmom, for hosting!