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The Immigrant Experience Through Literature: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry

The Angel Max
The Angel Max By Glassgold, Peter, 1939- (Book - 1998 ) FIC G

Annotation:Revolutionary politics of 1880s New York centers around three generations of a Jewish immigrant family.

A Bar in Brooklyn
A Bar in Brooklyn By Codrescu, Andrei, 1946- (Book - 1999 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A collection of immigrant stories by an author who emigrated from Romania.

Better Than Gold
Better Than Gold An Immigrant Family's First Years in Brooklyn By Silver, Fannie, 1905-1989 (Book - 1997 ) FIC S

Annotation:Short stories recount the family life of a Jewish immigrant girl in the early 1920s.

Beyond the Limbo Silence
Beyond the Limbo Silence By Nunez, Elizabeth (Book - 1998 ) FIC N Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In 1963 a young woman from Trinidad attends a Wisconsin college.

The Big Banana
The Big Banana By Quesada, Roberto, 1962- (Book - 1999 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A Honduran actor tries to survive in the "Big Banana"; New York City.

Annotation:A young woman struggles to free herself from the traditional female role in an Orthodox Jewish family.

Chinhominey's Secret
Chinhominey's Secret A Novel By Kim, Nancy, 1966- (Book - 1999 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A portrait of the intergenerational and cultural conflicts within a Korean family.

Comfort Woman
Comfort Woman By Keller, Nora Okja (Book - 1997 ) Available by request Availability details

Annotation:This novel explores the universal conflict between mother and daughter through the voices of a young Korean-American girl and her spiritual mother.

Empress of the Splendid Season
Empress of the Splendid Season By Hijuelos, Oscar (Book - 1999 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Disowned by her Cuban family, Lydia works as a seamstress in New York.

Fasting, Feasting
Fasting, Feasting By Desai, Anita, 1937- (Book - 1999 ) FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:East and West clash in this arresting novel set in India and the US.

The Gangster of Love
The Gangster of Love By Hagedorn, Jessica Tarahata, 1949- (Book - 1996 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The Philippine Rivera family comes to the United States to make a new life.

Garden of Exile
Garden of Exile Poems By Rodríguez, Aleida, 1953- (Book - 1999 ) 811 Rodríguez Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A first collection of poems by a Cuban exile, written in English and Spanish.

Annotation:In this first novel Iliana, a Dominican immigrant, attends college in New York.

A Gesture Life
A Gesture Life By Lee, Chang-rae (Book - 2000 ) FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A Japanese man of Korean birth strives to become part of the melting pot.

Growing up Ethnic in America
Growing up Ethnic in America Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American (Book - 1999 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:An anthology of stories by noted authors about the immigrant experience.

House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog By Dubus, Andre, 1959- (Book - 1999 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A former colonel in the Iranian army contends with life in Miami.

The Houseguest
The Houseguest By Rossi, Agnes, 1959- (Book - 2000 ) FIC R

Annotation:An Irish immigrant settles in Paterson, NJ and falls in love with his host's wife.

The Immigrant Train and Other Stories
The Immigrant Train and Other Stories By Petesch, Natalie L. M., 1924- (Book - 1996 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Short stories based on the author's family who were poor Polish immigrants.

Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies Stories By Lahiri, Jhumpa (Unknown - 1999 )

Annotation:Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this accomplished collection of short stories explores the lives of Indian immigrants.

The Irish Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett
The Irish Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett By Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909 (Book - 1996 ) FIC J

Annotation:Eight literary portraits of Irish immigrants who settled in the 19th Century.

Jaguar
Jaguar A Story of Africans in America By Stoller, Paul (Book - 1999 ) FIC S All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A Nigerian street vendor in Harlem seeks residency in the U.S.A.

Memories of My Ghost Brother
Memories of My Ghost Brother By Fenkl, Heinz Insu, 1960- (Book - 1996 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:A young Amerasian comes to terms with his own identity and memories of a lost half-brother.

Monkey Bridge
Monkey Bridge By Cao, Lan (Book - 1997 ) FIC C In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:An insightful story by a Vietnamese American about the war experience.

The New Sweet Style
The New Sweet Style By Aksenov, Vasiliĭ, 1932-2009 (Book - 1999 ) FIC A Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Picaresque novel about a Russian artist who tries his luck in the United States.

Odyssey to the North
Odyssey to the North By Bencastro, Mario (Book - 1998 ) FIC B

Annotation:Calixto escapes torture in El Salvador.

The Promised Land
The Promised Land By Veltfort, Ruhama, 1944- (Book - 1998 ) FIC V All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Spiritual tale of Orthodox Jewish immigrant pioneers.

Sari of the Gods
Sari of the Gods By Sharat Chandra, G. S., 1935- (Book - 1998 ) FIC S All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Nineteen short stories dealing with the experiences of Indian immigrants.

Tropical Town and Other Poems
Tropical Town and Other Poems By Selva, Salomón de la, 1893-1959 (Book - 1999 ) 811 Selva

Annotation:This collection deals with the Nicaraguan poet's experiences in World War I and as an exile from his homeland.

Who's Irish?
Who's Irish? Stories By Jen, Gish (Book - 1999 ) FIC J Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In eight lively stories, the author chronicles Chinese and other immigrant groups as they exuberantly take on America.

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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.


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