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Digging to America by Anne Tyler
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Digging to America (2006)

by Anne Tyler

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (terran)
    terran: While reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, I kept remembering the interracial romance in Digging to America. The Major is the ultimate in Britishness, while the Donaldsons are the quintessential American couple.
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Two families meet at the airport waiting for their adopted children from Korea.

They are very different families. Long time Americans and new immigrants from Iran.

I loved how everyone's story was developed. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
Disappointing. ( )
  tgamble54 | Apr 14, 2017 |
2 families adopt Korean babies same day — sets up a relationship
excellent @ who is american, who fits in more — excellent!

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 American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an “arrival party,” an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.

Even independent-minded Maryam is drawn in. But only up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by one of the Donaldson clan, a good-hearted man of her vintage, recently widowed and still recovering from his wife’s death, suddenly all the values she cherishes—her traditions, her privacy, her otherness—are threatened. Somehow this big American takes up so much space that the orderly boundaries of her life feel invaded.
  christinejoseph | Dec 30, 2016 |
This is a book about family, about culture, and about the daily lives of two families who somewhat accidentally end up a part of each others lives. If you want a book with action and a lot of deep, exciting plot... this book won't be for you. In order to appreciate what is happening, you really need to be able to just sit back and watch the lives of people unfold before you without a lot of action, suspense or twists and turns.

In watching how two very different families handle adopting Korean children we learn a lot about what it is to be part of a family and what it means to be American. I enjoyed the glances into each family, even if I don't remember it like one would remember most books that you look back on and smile. ( )
  mirrani | Dec 27, 2016 |
rabck from dvg; two disparate families adopt a Korean infant, and live near each other in Baltimore. They first meet at the airport, receiving their infants, and are miles apart in parenting and family styles. Told from different family member perspectives, the tale follows the Iranian heritage family, the grandmother immigrated from Iran for an arranged marriage in America. She's suspicious of looking too "foreign", even though that's what draws the other, pure American since the pilgrims, family to her. ( )
  nancynova | Oct 8, 2016 |
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in "Digging to America," Tyler's characters face the future, not the past, so she doesn't let the freight of personal history freeze their forward motion, although it sometimes slows them down.
 
All these parties provide Tyler with the set pieces at which she so excels - although after the third or fourth farcical arrival ceremonies, the reader begins to tire of them as much as some of the family members. This also contributes to the sense in some of Tyler's more recent fiction that the parts, deliciously funny and sharply observed, are more satisfying than the whole.
added by lkernagh | editThe Guardian, Lisa Allardice (May 20, 2006)
 
There is so much truth here, as Tyler strips away the issue of ethnic difference to reach the heart of her complex and compelling matter.
 
Point of view is passed on from chapter to chapter in a subtle dance. This is beautifully done, but the effect of multiple viewpoints is to muffle the distinctiveness of the first.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307263940, Hardcover)

In what is perhaps her richest and most deeply searching novel, Anne Tyler gives us a story about what it is to be an American, and about Maryam Yazdan, who after
Thirty-five 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 American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an “arrival party,” an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.

Even independent-minded Maryam is drawn in. But only up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by one of the Donaldson clan, a good-hearted man of her vintage, recently widowed and still recovering from his wife’s death, suddenly all the values she cherishes—her traditions, her privacy, her otherness—are threatened. Somehow this big American takes up so much space that the orderly boundaries of her life feel invaded.

A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that cast a penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.

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Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport. The families lives become interwined after the Donaldsons, a young American couple invite the Yazdan's, Maryam, her son and his Iranian American wife to an arrival party, which becomes an annual event. Maryam, who came to this country thirty-five years earlier, feels her values threatened when she is courted by a newly widowed Donaldson. A penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.… (more)

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