We Are New Yorkers: The New York Immigrant Experience in Fiction
Annotation:Joe Kavalier escapes from Prague in 1939 and creates comic superheros with his Brooklyn born cousin, Sammy Clay. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Annotation:Junot Diaz won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for this novel about a Dominican boy growing up in Patterson, NJ. (No, it's not set in NY, but it's just over the Hudson.)
Annotation:Seminal graphic novel depicting life in a Bronx tenement on fictional Dropsie Avenue, where Jewish, Italian and Irish immigrants live side by side.
Annotation:In 1930s New York, an immigrant from Kiev attempts to master English in night classes. Originally a series of humorous stories published in the New Yorker.
Annotation:A cross-generational immigrant saga that begins in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century and continues in New York's Little Italy.
Annotation:An Irish immigrant family living on the Bowery in late 19th century New York.
Annotation:In this groundbreaking graphic novel, the author, who grew up in Queens, interviews his father, a Polish holocaust survivor. This first graphic novel to win Pulitzer Prize (1992.)
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Fiction exploring the immigrant experience in New York from the European immigrants of the 19th and early 20th century to more recent immigrants from China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ireland, Korea and Russia.