The Immigrant Experience
 
The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. 
The abundance : a novel
by Amit Majmudar

Pulled back into the Midwestern world of their Indian immigrant parents when their mother is taken ill, Mala sets about learning everything she can about her mother's art of Indian cooking, while her brother Ronak tries to sell their experience as a book and a TV documentary, furthering the cultural divide.
The Wangs vs. the world
by Jade Chang

A wealthy but fractured Chinese family loses everything in the financial crisis before embarking on a haphazard but ultimately redemptive journey across America as part of an effort to reclaim ancestral lands in China. A first novel. 
The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughter's memories and feelings
Brooklyn : a novel
by Colm Tóibín

Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.
The book of unknown Americans
by Cristina Henríquez

Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy. By the author of Come Together, Fall Apart.
Pioneer girl : a novel
by Bich Minh Nguyen

Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters.
Little Bee
by Chris Cleave

The Somerset Maugham Award-winning author of Incendiary presents a tale of a precarious friendship between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London, a story told from the alternating and disparate perspectives of both women. 
Shanghai girls : a novel
by Lisa See

Forced to leave Shanghai when their father sells them to California suitors, sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs, as they face discrimination and confront a life-altering secret.
The rug merchant
by Meg Mullins

Serving wealthy clients on New York's Upper East Side, Iranian Ushman Khan is shattered when his wife back home leaves him for another man, an event after which he fantasizes about their long-anticipated reunion at JFK airport and embarks on a romance with a Barnard college student. 
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Separated by respective ambitions after falling in love in occupied Nigeria, beautiful Ifemelu experiences triumph and defeat in America while exploring new concepts of race, while Obinze endures an undocumented status in London until the pair is reunited in their homeland 15 years later, where they face the toughest decisions of their lives. By the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.
Girl in translation
by Jean Kwok

Emigrating with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly Chang begins a secret double life as an exceptional schoolgirl during the day and sweatshop worker at night, an existence also marked by a first crush and the pressure to save her family from poverty. A first novel. 
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz

Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown.
The lightning keeper : a novel
by Starling Lawrence

Arriving in New York in 1914 after fleeing the bloody violence in the Balkans, Toma Pekocevic, a gifted inventor, designs a powerful water turbine that leads to not only a career within General Electric but also a love affair with Harriet Bigelow, the daughter of a powerful New England dynasty that has fallen on hard times. 
Dancing with butterflies : a novel
by Reyna Grande

From the American Book Award-winning author of Across a Hundred Mountains comes the story of four women in Los Angeles bound together in friendship by their Mexican roots and their love of Folklorico dance. Original.

The book of Khalid
by Ameen Fares Rihani

Khalid and Shakib, two young immigrants, leave Lebanon for the United States to seek their fortune in turn-of-the century New York, facing difficulties along the way that cause them to change the way they look at the world.


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