We Are New Yorkers: The New York Immigrant Experience in Fiction

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay A Novel By Chabon, Michael Book - 2001 FIC C and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9

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.

America's Dream
America's Dream By Santiago, Esmeralda Paperback - 2003 FIC S Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A woman leaves her family in Puerto Rico to take a job as a housekeeper and nanny in Westchester.

The Assistant
The Assistant By Malamud, Bernard Book - 2003 FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In 1950's Brooklyn, a young Italian-American man works as assistant to a Brooklyn grocer who was a Russian refugee.

Banished Children of Eve
Banished Children of Eve By Quinn, Peter Book - 1994 FIC Q All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 1 copy

Annotation:A novel of Civil War era New York that explores the experience of Irish immigrants of the era.

Bodega Dreams
Bodega Dreams By Qui̜onez, Ernesto Book - 2000 FIC Q and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This New York Times called this description of life in El Barrio a "new immigrant classic."

Bread Givers
Bread Givers A Novel By Yezierska, Anzia, 1880?-1970 Book - 2003 FIC Y

Annotation:A young Jewish girl comes of age on the Lower East Side in the 1910s and 1920s.

Breath, Eyes, Memory
Breath, Eyes, Memory By Danticat, Edwidge, 1969- Paperback - 1998 FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:A twelve-year old girls leaves her village in Haiti to rejoin her mother who has been living in New York.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao By Díaz, Junot, 1968- Book - 2007 FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 5

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.)

Brooklyn
Brooklyn A Novel By Tóibín, Colm, 1955- Book - 2009 FIC T and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 5

Annotation:A young woman emigrates from Ireland to New York in the 1950s.

Brown Girl, Brownstones
Brown Girl, Brownstones [a Novel] By Marshall, Paule, 1929- Book - 2006 FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The daughter of Barbadian immigrants comes of age in Depression era Brooklyn.

Call It Sleep
Call It Sleep By Roth, Henry Book - 2005 FIC R and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 4

Annotation:The experiences of an Austrian-Jewish family living on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century.

Christ in Concrete
Christ in Concrete A Novel By Di Donato, Pietro, 1911-1992 Paperback - 1993 FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Examines the life of Italian immigrants in Lower Manhattan in the 1920s.

The Contract With God Trilogy
The Contract With God Trilogy Life on Dropsie Avenue By Eisner, Will Book - 2006 GRAPHIC GN FIC E and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:Seminal graphic novel depicting life in a Bronx tenement on fictional Dropsie Avenue, where Jewish, Italian and Irish immigrants live side by side.

Dreaming in Cuban
Dreaming in Cuban A Novel By Garc̕a, Cristina, 1958- Paperback - 1993 FIC G and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:The story of three generations of a Cuban family from the 1930s to 1980, from Cuba to New York.

Eating Chinese Food Naked
Eating Chinese Food Naked By Ng, Mei, 1966- Book - 1998 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:American born daughter comes to terms with her Chinese born parents when she returns home after college.

The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N
The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N By Rosten, Leo, 1908-1997 Paperback - 1965 FIC R Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

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.

Elizabeth Street
Elizabeth Street A Novel Based on True Events By Fabiano, Laurie Paperback - 2010 FIC F All copies in use Availability details Holds: 13 on 1 copy

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.

Fixer Chao
Fixer Chao By Ong, Han Book - 2001 FIC O

Annotation:Examines the strata of New York society as a former street hustler climbs the social ladder as Master Chao, a fictional feng shui expert.

The Fortunate Pilgrim
The Fortunate Pilgrim By Puzo, Mario, 1920-1999 Book - 1997 FIC P

Annotation:This 1965 novel tells the story of a family of Italian immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen in the 1930s.

The Funeral Party
The Funeral Party By Uli︠t︡ska︠i︡a, L︠i︡udmila Book - 2001 FIC U and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Russian immigrants in New York in the late 20th century.

The Gods of Gotham
The Gods of Gotham By Faye, Lyndsay Book - 2012 MYSTERY F and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Irish immigrants in 1945 New York.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents By Alvarez, Julia Paperback - 2010 FIC A and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:A family moves from the Dominican Republic to the Bronx in the 1960s.

Maggie, A Girl of the Streets
Maggie, A Girl of the Streets An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, the Author and the Novel, Reviews and Criticism By Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900 Book - 1979 FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An Irish immigrant family living on the Bowery in late 19th century New York.

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love A Novel By Hijuelos, Oscar Paperback - 2010 FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Two musician brothers flee from Cuba to New York in the 1950s.

Maus
Maus A Survivor's Tale By Spiegelman, Art Book - 1997 GRAPHIC 940.5318 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 3

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.)

Native Speaker
Native Speaker By Lee, Chang-rae Paperback - 1996 FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A Korean man tries to assimilate into American society and become a "native speaker."

Netherland
Netherland By O'Neill, Joseph, 1964- Book - 2008 FIC O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In post 9/11 New York, a Dutch immigrant connects to immgrants from other places through the game of cricket.

The Rise of David Levinsky
The Rise of David Levinsky By Cahan, Abraham, 1860-1951 Book - 1993 FIC C All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A Russian-Jewish immigrant arrives in New York in 1885.

The Russian Debutante's Handbook
The Russian Debutante's Handbook By Shteyngart, Gary, 1972- Paperback - 2002 FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A young Russian immigrant in late 20th century New York.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn By Smith, Betty, 1896-1972 Book - 2005 CLASSICS FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 4

Annotation:An Irish-American family living in Brooklyn at the beginning of the 20th century.

Typical American
Typical American A Novel By Jen, Gish Book - 2008 FIC J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Three Chinese students become permanent immigrants in New York during the Communuist Revolution.

Unterzakhn
Unterzakhn By Corman, Leela Book - 2012 GRAPHIC GN FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This new graphic novel depicts immigrant life on the Lower East Side at the beginning of the 20th century.

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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.


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