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August 19, 2010

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Good idea for a column. Would be interesting to see comparisons of similar immigrant experiences, like fiction about immigrants who go to NYC or fiction about immigrants from East Europe. Or children narratives. Some suggestions: "Who's Irish?" (Gish Jen), "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents", (Julia Alvarez), and "The Woman warrior" (Maxine hong Kingston). And hey, what about "The Jungle?" People forget that's an immigration novel.

I am hoping to write an article next week on a story by Edwidge Danticat. The story details a similar immigrant experience (a young woman moving to NYC). It will be interesting to note the similarities and differences. Thank you for the recommendations...I've read Alvarez and Kingston but I haven't explored much of Jen's work. I'm intrigued!

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