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Digging to America
Digging to America
Author: Anne Tyler
In what is perhaps her richest and most deeply searching novel, Anne Tyler gives us a story about what it is to be an American, and about Maryam Yazdan, who after thirty-five years in this country must finally come to terms with her 'outsiderness.' — Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780739475331
ISBN-10: 0739475339
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 277
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Bibliocrates avatar reviewed Digging to America on + 252 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I usually enjoy a good book about clashing cultures and complex human relationships, but this book just didn't do much for me at all. I was annoyed by the cultural stereotypes and frustrated by the lack of focus on any one particular character. I had to force myself to finish, not a very satisfying read.
SuzanneB avatar reviewed Digging to America on
Helpful Score: 7
Masterfully written tale of what it means to be American -- the author really gets into the heads of her characters and we feel their joy, pain, & anxiety. Parents who have adopted children, especially from foreign nations, will relate particularly well, as will anyone who has emigrated from another nation to live in the U.S. A surprisingly fast read.
Kittymama avatar reviewed Digging to America on + 107 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Despite trying several times, I just couldn't get into this book.
esjro avatar reviewed Digging to America on + 741 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
As a person who was adopted from Korea as an infant, I eagerly anticipated this book. Unfortunately, I did not find much to relate to. The adopted Korean daughters were the only well-adjusted characters. The story instead focused on their parents and grandparents, who I found to be irritating and unlikeable. I have not read any of Anne Tyler's books, but if they are all like this one I will give them a pass!
DameEdna avatar reviewed Digging to America on + 149 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
While this is not my favorite book by Tyler, it still retained her wonderful signature style. The vivid portrait she paints of both American families and immigrant-American families will keep you interested.
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Readnmachine avatar reviewed Digging to America on + 1292 more book reviews
Thoughtful and well-written tale about two families thrown together by coincidence when they each adopt a Korean baby and the children arrive on the same plane. One family is so ultra-American yuppie that at times you want to smack them upside the head; the other is Irani-American, and their basic differences in outlook interact in ways Tyler draws with empathy and skill.
reviewed Digging to America on + 20 more book reviews
My favorite of all Ann Tyler's books so far!
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This is an excellent work, much better than I thought it would be. Handles relations between individuals and families of from different cultures well. Especially pertinent during these times of great tension between Western and Middle Eastern ideologies.
hobbitlady avatar reviewed Digging to America on + 23 more book reviews
This is a bittersweet story of personalities and left me with a true appreciation of the strength of character it takes to adopt children.
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I have tried reading other books by this author but this time I was actually able to finish this one! It is not the type of book I usually read but I still found it interesting.
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Sweet story as only Anne Tyler can tell it!


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