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Digging to America by Anne Tyler
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Apr 12, 2008

really liked it

I enjoyed this with Tyler's quirky characters, wry humor and affectionate insights. It is the story of two families, one typically middle class white Americans, the other fairly assimilated Iranian Americans. They meet by chance at the Baltimore airport where they have gone to meet the Korean baby girls they have each adapted. Their lives become entertwined, with Maryam the Iranian grandmother at the heart of the story. Perhaps too attached to the role of the outsider, she makes us think about how one comes to terms with one's identity in a multicultural America. The characters, most of them endearing, are more important than the plot here. A quick read, it is more thought provoking than I expected.

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