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Digging to America by Anne Tyler
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Oct 11, 2007

really liked it
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Recommended for: women's fiction readers
Read in January, 2007

I found Digging to America a sweet, compassionate tale of mothers and their love for families…their own families and the families around them. Starting off with the adoption of two Asian girls by two different Baltimore families, Tyler does a great job of combining cultural experiences with those of family and life experiences. Not only the Asian culture is touched upon in this book…one of the families who adopts a child is Iranian. Both adopting families mesh well, with cultural differences sometimes clashing and sometimes not. Tyler is always astute in character development and here is no exception. She expertly crafts each member of the family in their own unique way…giving each member their own due (even it’s a minor character). For the major players, Tyler really allows the reader to embody each…we get into their souls and get to know the whats and whys behind their behavior. A fabulous book by a fabulous author.

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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate I enjoyed this one a lot too. I though the most interesting parts illuminated the individuality of each of the girls - how connecting with one's birth culture might be really important, or might not be important at all. I always go in expecting to find Tyler dragging and heavy, and I always finish reading amazed at how real the characters are and how easy it was to read the book despite all the thinking I did in the middle.

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