ARC: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Review Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was sent to the library where I worked, and I took it home for review. This review was not requested by the publisher. Summary Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, …

A Different Sky by Meira Chand

Review   Summary Singapore, 1927. Three young people are starting to question whether this in between island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions. Ten year old old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by …

In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib

Review   Summary Samir and Nagla Al-Menshawy appear to have attained the American dream. After immigrating to the United States from Egypt, Samir successfully works his way through a residency and launches his own medical practice as Nagla tends to their firstborn, Hosaam, in the cramped quarters of a small apartment. Soon the growing family …

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Review   Summary Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when …

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Review   Summary We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of …

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Review   Summary Zagreb, summer of 1991. Ten-year-old Ana Jurić is a carefree tomboy who runs the streets of Croatia’s capital with her best friend, Luka, takes care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, soccer games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire …

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

In The Book of Unknown Americans, Henriquez introduces us to the intricacies of life for a community of Latin American immigrants in Delaware. Told from multiple points of view, the story explores the histories of the families, why they came to the US, and the challenges they face, all intertwined with a story of young love. …

Dragonfish by Vu Tran

Dragonfish is a mix between a Vietnamese immigration story and a classic white-cop thriller. The story begins by introducing us to Robert Ruen, an Oakland cop who can’t seem to let go of his unexplainable love for Suzy, the Vietnamese wife who left him two years before. Through Robert’s eyes, we watch as he is …

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of complex and subtly woven short stories. Ever the master of bringing to light the elusive complexity of the family bond, Lahiri reveals the intricacies of family history, parenting, love, loss and the pressures of immigration. Reminiscent of The Namesake, both in style and in subject matter, we are carried …

Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell

In Across the Mekong River, Russell follows the journey of a Hmong family as they escape the war in Laos and build a new life in the United States. After fighting in the Hmong Special Forces alongside American troops in the Vietnam War, Pao becomes a target for the communist regime that comes to power …