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A Free Life by Ha Jin
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Feb 23, 08

Recommended for: anyone
Read in February, 2008

I looked back at all of the books I have chosen for reviews to try to find a book I read last year (or actually an audio book that I listened to that I really liked) and I could not find a reference in all of these many books that I've noted. That's unfortunate becausew that book, which was about the Indian acclimitization to America has many similarities to this book. The culture is different here, but the goals end up being similar. I liked this book, just as I liked the previous one that I, unfortunately, cannot remember the name of. There are many differences as the cultures are different and the assimilation ends up taking place in an entirely different part of the US, but the baggage that immigrants bring with them and the desire to move into the American culture are evident - sometimes disturbing, sometimes, fascinating.

A well-written book from an outsider's viewpoint.
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J.T. Dutton maybe Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake?
I am only about 100 pages in to A Free Life, but there are some similarities.

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