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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User Review  - sandra.k.heinzman - LibraryThing

This was my first Anne Tyler book and I enjoyed it. I chose it because it dealt with foreign adoptions, which I relate to. It was well written and believable. Recommend! Read full review

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User Review  - liliannattel - LibraryThing

My 11 year old started this book and said that the language was simple, like a kid’s book, and that she really liked it. I haven’t read Tyler for a long while, but have always liked her, and I was ... Read full review

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