Digging to America: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 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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Two families meet at the airport waiting for their adopted children from Korea. They are very different families. Long time Americans and new immigrants from Iran. I loved how everyone's story was developed. Read full review

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

This is a book about family, about culture, and about the daily lives of two families who somewhat accidentally end up a part of each others lives. If you want a book with action and a lot of deep ... Read full review

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