Monday, April 9, 2007

Digging to America - Anne Tyler

Title: Digging to America
Author: Anne Tyler
Year: 2006
Pages: 277pgs
Rating: B Book From: Public Library

Digging to America is the story of two families, the Yazdans and Donaldsons, who meet at the airport when they are both adopting babies from Korea. But this is where the similarities end. The Donaldson's are "very American" (whatever that means!), with Bitsy Donaldson staying home to raise her daughter, cooking largely vegetarian food, and embracing her daughter's Korean roots. The Yazdans, are an assimilated Iranian-American couple who are determined to raise their daughter as American as can be.

The story is a quick and easy read. I believe I enjoyed this story more because it literally took place a few blocks from where I live. (I live in the Mt Washington neighborhood in Baltimore where the Donaldsons reside, and the Yazdan's eventually move to). I've never read a book before by such a well known author that takes place virtually in my backyard! Her potrayal of the Iranian American family I felt was largely adequate, but was lacking depth. For a story mainly about the clash of cultures, something seemed a bit out of sync, or missing, from her story.

I wasn't looking for a deep, fulfilling read, but something entertaining. Digging to America fits that niche pretty well. (Much in the same way as this review is not very deep and thought-provoking!)

I just started reading Rigoberta Menchu, and can't wait to write about that story.


Happy Reader said...

I remember reading this book a while ago, but it didnt hold my interest long enough to finish it. I am glad you found it entertaining! I noticed you have 'Red Earth and Pouring Rain' in your upcoming reads. I can't wait for your thoughts on that book!

Nyssaneala said...

I plan on starting Red Earth, Pouring Rain after I finishe I, Rigoberta Menchu. Hopefully today. :)

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teabird said...

I just finished listening to the audiobook, read by Blair Brown. I think my experience of the book was enhanced by Brown's facility with accents and slightly wry approach to the story.