Daily Writing for The Namesake

Answer the following question by writing a topic sentence that provides your broad response and then supplying specific examples from the story that justify your claim. 

Lahiri's novel opens with a series of events depicting Ashima Ganguli's difficulty in adjusting to American life and culture.  This opening and subsequent events in the novel further establish assimilation to American identity and values as a central thematic concern.  Throughout, Ashima seems to be governed by what Ronald Takaki has called "twoness," as she attempts to balance her life in America and her Indian cultural background.  At novel's end, how successful has Ashima been in balancing her two selves?  To what extent does she embody the meaning of the name, Ashima? Be sure to use specific examples from the novel to support your claim.