Writers' Views: The Immigrant Experience

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Sometimes, fiction can seem more real than fact. Novels and short stories speak their truths through characters and narratives we can all recognize. In a new series this summer, we explore issues through the lens of fiction. We look first at the immigrant experience in America.


Edwidge Danticat, author, most recently of The Dew Breaker

Nina Marie Martinez, author of Caramba!

Jonathan Raban, author of Waxwings

Here are some of the reading suggestions from the show:

Edwidge Dandicat

Brown Girl, Brownstone, by Paul Marshall

The Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

Jonathan Raban

Domestic Manners of the American People, by Fanny Trollope

American Notes, by Charles Dickens

The Loved One, by Evelyn Waugh

One Fat Englishman, by Kingsley Amis

Listeners' Suggestions:

Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan

The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston

Facing Athens, by George Sarrinikolaou

Call it Sleep, by Henry Roth

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov



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