Digging to America

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Ballantine, 2007 - Assimilation (Sociology) - 323 pages
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Two families, who would otherwise never had come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport, each antecipating the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. Brad and Bitsy Donaldson, all-American suburbanities, and their gift-laden clan resemble a gigantic baby shower with their flotilla of silvery ballons and pink ribbons. Iranian-born matriarch Maryam Yazdan stands unobtrusively in the back of the waiting area with her fully assimilated son, Sami, and his attractive Iranian American wife, Ziba. When Bitsy invites the Yazdans to an 'arrival party' at the Donaldson home, an improbable friendship begins, and the ocasion envolves into an annual tradition. Over the years, as the parents, children, and grandparents become more deeply entwined, cultures clash, values are challenged, and the American way is seen from two beguiling perspectives - those who are born here, andthose who are struggling to fit in.

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Be it either an erroneous habit, or a method of intellectual self-protection, the truth is that all of us will draw comparison between the author's book, and the work which we have previously ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I appreciated this as my first experience with Tyler's special voice and genius at portraying the rhythms and dynamics of American domestic life. The tale involves a comparison of two Baltimore ... Read full review

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