Digging to America by Anne Tyler
A Novel

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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 Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate: an “arrival party” that from then on is repeated every year as the two families become more and more deeply intertwined. Even Maryam is drawn in – up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by Bitsy Donaldson’s recently widowed father, all the values she cherishes – her traditions, her privacy, her otherness–are suddenly threatened.

A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that immerse us in the challenges of both sides of the American story.
 

About Anne Tyler

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her eighteenth novel. Her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Published August 28, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 291 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two families are joined in an unlikely relationship in Anne Tyler's novel.

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Anne Tyler's new novel tells the story of two Baltimore families who become close friends after they both adopt baby girls from Korea.

May 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Digging to America: A Novel

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Two families are joined in an unlikely relationship in Anne Tyler's novel.

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She’s an American, she can call it what she likes and because she’s an American, what she says goes.

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