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Propios y extranos/ Digging to America (Narrativa (Punto de Lectura)) [Paperback]

By Anne Tyler & Gemma Rovira (Translator)
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In what is perhaps her richest and most deeply searching novel, Pulitzer-prize winner Anne Tyler gives us a story brimming with observations that cast a penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives. It looks at the promises and perils of the American Dream and the knotty, layered relationship that can develop between native-born Americans and more recent immigrants intent on making their way through the often baffling byways of the New World. Description in Spanish: Los Yazdan no pueden tener hijos y deciden adoptar una nina coreana. Lo mismo les sucede a los Donaldson. Aunque las raices iranies de una familia contrastan con el espiritu americano de la otra, ambas entablaran una relacion de amistad en torno a las dos ninas. Con la sensibilidad, agudeza y cercania que caracterizan su prosa, Anne Tyler, ganadora del Premio Pulitzer, demuestra una vez mas en esta novela su extraordinaria capacidad para descubrir las grietas invisibles de la vida cotidiana, y saca a la luz los problemas culturales que puede tener una sociedad aparentemente perfecta.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   355
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2008
Publisher   Punto De Lectura
ISBN  8466320806  
ISBN13  9788466320801  

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More About Anne Tyler & Gemma Rovira

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her nineteenth 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.

Anne Tyler currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland. Anne Tyler was born in 1941.

Anne Tyler has published or released items in the following series...
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Tyler continues to delight  Jun 27, 2007
From Anne Tyler comes her latest novel Digging to America.

I first encountered (?) Tyler when I lived in Washington DC, in the late 70s and early 80s. Browsing in the bookshop, I came across a hardback of Morgan's Passing. I leafed through it and bought it. From beginning to end, I was transported into Morgan's world created by Tyler, the Baltimore based writer.

I used to go to Baltimore at least twice a month - for seafood. After reading the book, every time I went, I thought of Tyler. I wondered what part of town she lived in. What did her house look like? What did she look like?

Morgan's Passing is an exquisite piece of work. Every detail of Morgan - his house, his appearance, his friends, his community - appeared in my mind, crystal clear. After this, I became a diehard Tyler fan, reading every book she wrote.

Digging to America is about the ultimate immigrant experience. Based in Baltimore (where most of her books are based) it's about the story of two families (and their families) connected by the adoption of Korean girls. In some ways the families couldn't be different. One is first generation Iranian and the other full blooded American. They first meet at the airport, where they're collected to receive their babies. Slowly they begin to get to know each other, and became friends. They have their individual and collective tensions, cultural differences, petty jealousies and comparisons. But, despite this they are there for each other - cooking, babysitting, car pooling, hand holding, and giving support.
The story is woven around family and parties. The two families begin to organize `Arrival parties' (to mark the day the girls arrived from Korea). And, like most families, a great deal is revealed in family gatherings. It is amusing, tiring, poignant and familiar - all together and separately.

Tyler was married to an Iranian psychiatrist man (who died some years ago), so her immigrant experience in some ways is first hand. Simple things such as finding the word in the mother tongue, and panicking that it is forgetting. Longing for a 'home', a culture, environment, that is no longer there. Not knowing where one belongs. It's the stuff that the immigrant experience is made of.

And of course there is love. What brings people together? Is it a common language, values, habits, experiences, or what? And, intergenerational relationships. How much to intrude? When to pull away? What do you do with loneliness when you are protecting your territory? What do you do with fear - of intimacy and relationships?

While I enjoyed Digging to America, I enjoyed Tyler's earlier books more. Maybe it's in the head. However, I still recommend her latest work to all those interested in multicultural relationships and good, interactive writing.

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