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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Immigrants in Fiction


At the National Book Festival on the Mall last Saturday, I had a chance to hear Korean-American author Chang-rae Lee, whose Native Speaker I had read years ago. That experience plus a recent article in USA Today Fiction Roundup: Immigrants Share Diverse Stories got me thinking about some of my favorite novels on the immigrant experience. Among them are:

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Bajerjee Divakaruni

Typical American by Gish Jen

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