The Namesake Maxine
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Just out of architecture school, Gogol is working in New York City when he meets Maxine at a party. She's classy, rich, sophisticated – the perfect catch, right? At first, she seems like the answer to all Gogol's troubles, because Maxine fits the type that Gogol seems to be attracted to: she is all-American, she's artistic and sexually uninhibited – in other words, she's the complete opposite of the nice Bengali girl his parents would love him to marry.