The Old and the New Converge: The Immigrant Experience in Fiction

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Julia Alvarez: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent , 2001
Dominican-American

Monica Ali: Brick Lane , 2004
Bangladeshis in London

Lan Cao: Monkey Bridge , 1997
Vietnamese-American

Willa Cather: My Antonia , 1918
Eastern Europeans in late 19C/early 20C Nebraska


Lan Samantha Chang: Hunger and Other Stories , 1998
Chinese-American

Sandra Cisneros: Caramelo , 2003
Mexican-American

Camille Cusumano: The Last Cannoli , 2000
Italian-American

Edwidge Danticat: Breath, Eyes, Memory , 1994
Haitian-American

Nicholas Delbanco: What Remains , 2000
Post WWII Jewish-American


Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The Vine of Desire , 2002
Indian-American

Andre Dubus III: House of Sand and Fog , 1999
Iranian-American

Louise Erdrich: The Master Butchers Singing Club , 2003
German-American

Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex , 2002
Greek-American

Ursula Hegi: The Vision of Emma Blau , 2000
Early 20C German-American

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner , 2003
Afghan-American

Gish Jen: Typical American, 1992
Chinese-American

Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake , 2003
Bengali-American

Chang-rae Lee: Native Speaker , 1995
Korean-American

Andrea Levy: Small Island , 2004
Jamaican-British in post WWII London

Marian Lewycka: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian , 2005
Ukrainian-British

Ana Menendez: In Cuba I was a German Shepherd , 2001
Cuban-American

Vilhelm Moberg: The Emigrants , 1950
Swedish-American

Bharati Mukherjee: Jasmine , 1999
Indian-American

Annie Proulx: Accordion Crimes , 1996
Various nationalities in the US from 1890 to the present

Jonathan Raban: Waxwings , 2003
English-American

Ole Rolvaag: Giants in the Earth , 1927
Scandinavians in 19C Great Plains

Gary Shteyngart: The Russian Debutante's Handbook , 2002
Russian-American

Bapsi Sidwa: An American Brat , 1995
Pakistani-American

Zadie Smith: White Teeth, 2000
Jamaican-British and Bangladeshi-British

Mary Helen Stefaniak: The Turk and My Mother , 2004
Early 20C Croatian-Americans in Milwaukee

Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club , 1989
Chinese-American

Jane Urquhart: Away , 1993
Irish-Canadian

 

Helene Androski for Wisconsin Library Association Readers Section
Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Conference 2005
handroski@library.wisc.edu