The Immigrant Experience
From the four corners of the world come these stories about the immigrant experience. Whether following family or chasing after dreams, these characters are living with one foot in each world: their new home and the home left behind. Exploring themes of nostalgia, homesickness, and cultural identity, these books give us a glimpse of the lives of immigrants and their families through the generations. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.
Arkin, Frieda. Hedwig and Berti. 2005.
Backhaus, Bhira. Under the Lemon Trees. 2009.
Bezmozgis, David. The Free World. 2011.
Canin, Ethan. Carry Me Across the Water. 2001.
Delbanco, Nicholas. What Remains. 2000.
Gaffney, Elizabeth. Metropolis. 2005.
Garcia, Cristina. Monkey Hunting. 2003.
Gardner, Mary. Boat People. 1995.
Huo, T.C. Land of Smiles. 2000.
Jen, Gish. Typical American. 1991.
Kalman, Nadia. The Cosmopolitans. 2010.
Kelman, James. You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free. 2004.
Kelman, Stephen. Pigeon English. 2011.
Lee, Krys. Drifting House. 2012.
Medina, Pablo. The Cigar Roller. 2005.
Nattel, Lilian. The Singing Fire. 2004.
O’Connor, Joseph. Star of the Sea. 2002.
Prcic, Ismet. (--shards--). 2011.
Prose, Francine. My New American Life. 2011.
Proulx, Annie. Accordion Crimes. 1996.
Sethi, Robbie Clipper. The Bride Wore Red: Tales of a Cross-Cultural Family. 1996.
Shearer, Cynthia. The Celestial Jukebox. 2005.
Stefaniak, Mary Helen. The Turk and My Mother. 2004.
Zabytko, Irene. When Luba Leaves Home: Stories. 2003.