The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry
Annotation:A young woman struggles to free herself from the traditional female role in an Orthodox Jewish family.
Annotation:In this first novel Iliana, a Dominican immigrant, attends college in New York.
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The extraordinary ethnic diversity of the United States is due to the vast numbers of immigrants who have settled here. Many Americans today grew up listening to stories from their parents or grandparents about what it was like to come to a new country and struggle to build a life for themselves and their families. In relocating from one country to another, newcomers have had to find a way to make a living, in addition to adjusting to an unfamiliar culture and often a new language. Through expressive novels, short stories, poetry, plays, biographies and memoirs that have been recently published, the books on this list describe the immigrant experience by those who have lived it.