Digging to America
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 Baltimore airport--the Donaldsons, a very Ame...more
Anyone remember the actress Blair Brown from The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, circa 1987? Ah, my dependable Saturday night date. What a sweetheart. Anyway, I just finished listenting to the audio book Digging to America and I must say tha...more
It occurs more regularly at those points in life when your bookshelf is particularly bare. I should certainly know, because right now half my books are trying to flatten out a bunch of AMAZING (and yet equally horrible) 90's movie posters I found at a garage sale last month. I'm thinking about wallpapering our living room with the likes of "Heat", "Weird Creatures", "Dante's Peak", and, of course, my favorite, "Jingle All the Way" (never actually saw it, mind you...more
When the Donaldson (American through-and-through) and the Yazdans (Iranian-American) adopt baby girls from Korea on the same day, the families become the best of friends. It i...more
It follows the intertwined lives of two couples who meet at the Baltimore Airport when picking up their adopted Korean daughters. Bitsy and Brad are white upper-class Americans, while Sami and Ziba are Iranian-Americans. Their friendship spans their daughters' childhood.
What I really enjoyed about this book is the insight about i...more
Update: I only made it half way through and won't finish it. The book club gave this story a unanimous thumbs down due to sketchy, somewhat schizophrenic, character de...more
In some ways, Anne Tyler's seventeenth novel departs from her trademark domestic dramas (The Amateur Marriage, ***1/2 May/June 2004). Like much of her previous work, Digging to America takes place in Baltimore, masterfully dissects "the fine threads of human relationships" (Wall Street Journal), and casts a sharp eye on the family unit. This time, culture clash, assimilation, and the meaning of "American" surface. Critics, who cite this as one of Tyler's best (albeit most challenging) novels, pr...more
Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport; the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam's fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian American wife. Each couple is awaiting...more
The Publisher’s note says it as well as I could:
Anne Tyler's richest, most deeply searching novel, a story about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdan, who, after 35 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
Baltimore airport: the Donaldso...more
Anne Tyler’s richest, most deeply searching novel–a story about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdan, who, after 35 years in this country, must finally come to terms with her “outsiderness.” Two fami...more
The plot itself is intriguing enough. Two American couples, one homey Baltimore and the other Iranian in flavo...more
This book begins as the story of two infant girls adopted from Korea and evolves into a story of one of their grandmothers, which is really a story about learning who you are and where you belong.
Jin Ho and Susan are the children, adopted into two families in the USA. The families become close through the shared adoption/arrival experience, celebrating "Arrival Day" as well as various other conventional and non conventional holidays. Not only do the immediate families attend, but siblings and t...more
That sounds like I don't like her, but that is not true, I do like her! I love reading her books. But I think that's because I'm a voyeur and I love spying into other people's lives. She writes about other people's lives so convincingly I feel like I am standing on the outside spying in on them -- one of my favorite things to do. That is why I love her books so much.
This one is the story of two different American families who ea...more
Told by a number of narrators, this novel is above all, the celebration of families, filled with larger than life, boisterous characters an...more
Two families, the Yazdans and the Donaldsons, connect when they meet the Korean babies they're adopting at the airport in the days before September 11, 2001, when a festive greeting party could gather at the gate. The story is narrated by different voices. Maryam, an Iranian-American woman, who is the grandmother of one of the little girls, begins and ends the story, bu...more
The book opens your American eyes to what your behaviors might look like when seen through other lenses, meaning non-American eyes. Take a peek at yourself in an Iranian Am...more
Maryam has lived in the U.S. for about 40 years. She's a strong woman, in a quiet way, keeping her opinions to herself. At the beginning of the book, I...more
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