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Digging to America

A Novel
Tyler, Anne (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport. The families lives become interwined after the Donaldsons, a young American couple invite the Yazdan's, Maryam, her son and his Iranian American wife to an arrival party, which becomes an annual event. Maryam, who came to this country thirty-five years earlier, feels her values threatened when she is courted by a newly widowed Donaldson. A penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.
Authors: Tyler, Anne
Title: Digging to America
a novel
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Anne Tyler
Summary: Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport. The families lives become interwined after the Donaldsons, a young American couple invite the Yazdan's, Maryam, her son and his Iranian American wife to an arrival party, which becomes an annual event. Maryam, who came to this country thirty-five years earlier, feels her values threatened when she is courted by a newly widowed Donaldson. A penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.
Alternate Title: Digging to America
ISBN: 9780307263940
0307263940
Branch Call Number: FICTION TYLER
Subject Headings: Widows Fiction Friendship Fiction Baltimore (Md.) Fiction Women immigrants Fiction Iranian Americans Fiction Intercountry adoption Fiction Assimilation (Sociology) Fiction Iranian American women Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Widows
Friendship
Women immigrants
Iranian Americans
Intercountry adoption
Assimilation (Sociology)
Iranian American women
LCCN: 2005052963
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Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport. The Iranian-American grandmother of one of the infants tells a story that speaks to identity in multicultural America. (2006)


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Feb 27, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. Read my review on the JoCoStaff Picks Blog: http://blogs.jocolibrary.org/staffpicks/07/2012/carletonb/8868/

I haven't read this yet but would like to

Jul 18, 2008
  • smc01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is quite light-hearted compared to some of Tyler's other novels. It concerns several quirky people from two families who adopt daughters from China. It's a bit hard to keep all the characters straight at the beginning, but it's worth the effort. By the end, I was cheering along with the families for a particular relationship to flourish. The humour is delightful.

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Jul 14, 2009
  • lilmisslibrary rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Digging to America was actually about 2 women who meet each other at the airport – picking up their daughters from South Korea!! The book then details how the families evolved and intertwined. Two things I found really interesting. One was that one family instilled more Korean culture on their daughter, while the other let the child really just be herself – and the differences between the girls was quite something. Also the difference between the children coming home after a Korean adoption and a Chinese adoption. Unfortunately the Chinese daughter in the book was a little behind and was not bonding as well as the Korean daughter. I think it is a nice read for anyone, especially for those who have already or are in the process of adopting from South Korea.

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