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Digging to America: A Novel


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Hu Gadrn, June 11, 2009 (view all comments by Hu Gadrn)
Apparently a lot of people like this book. I'm not one of them. The cover said "witty..." and "hilarious..." but I find the book to be neither. The characters feel like characters in a book and not like people.

I'm at page 103 and have not laughed once nor have I thought that any situation or insight presented in the book was interesting. And don't get me started on the sloppy writing (e.g. "He tended to slip into a fusty, overstarched style of speech on these occasions" - yes, you read that correctly, "fusty" - I guess that's meant to be funny).

So why am I still reading it? Like many who'll pick up this book, my wife and I are adopting a baby boy from S Korea. I’ve been doing my homework and this book was part of it.

But sweet mother of the gods, when does this book get good?
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MaggersUK, February 16, 2008 (view all comments by MaggersUK)
I loved this novel; I was sucked into this world completely. It taught me just as much about American Americans as immigrant Americans; and yet I recognised the same thoughts and reasonings and doubts in myself as her characters, so her canvas is universal not parochial, even though all her books are based in Balitmore.
I always think 'That's how I feel!' when reading an Anne Tyler. How does she capture so exquisitely the minutae of everyday life?? She's a genius...
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titianlibrarian, January 21, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
A little more breadth than depth when dealing with most of the issues (immigrants' assimilation into American culture, international adoptions, women's friendships, women raising their children, etc.), but the main character's depth makes up for the skimming. Maryam is an Iranian widow who stands at the edge of the family. She is loved by all, but she just doesn't see how she ought to get too involved with her granddaughter's adoption from Korea, her daughter-in-law's involvement with an American family, and the love that an American widower wants to give her. But her loved ones never give up on her, thank goodness.
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bookluver, July 21, 2007 (view all comments by bookluver)
Anne Tyler's Digging to America is wonderfully magical. It is a mirror into the soul of America. There are Iranians, Chinese, Koreans, and those who have been born in America. Anne Tyler uses her pen to lightly entertain. Next, she shows the psychological and/or emotional struggles of all these Americans. While reading the book, I saw the strengths of newly arriving Americans. The newcomers to America are exquisitely agile in walking the tightrope of America.

Digging to America filled me with gratitude for the founding of America and its philosophy. America is a place of freedom. This is a place where old and new traditions are welcome. Thank you Anne Tyler for helping me to appreciate the differences in each American.
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Tash, June 5, 2007 (view all comments by Tash)
'Digging to America' is a facinating book. Seeing a western culture from another point of view is very eye opening and interesting. This is the first of Tyler's books that I have read, If it is anything to go by I am sure to read the rest. Overall the book is very captiviating and realistic.
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Tyler, Anne
Intercountry adoption
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May 2006
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9.54x6.64x1.04 in. 1.29 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780307263940 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Anne Tyler put her skilled pen to paper and wrote a powerful novel of America's melting pot. Brought together by international adoptions, two family's lives intertwine and illuminate America's cultural spectrum and all its universalities of human nature. Funny, touching, highly recommended.

"Review A Day" by , "With her 17th novel, Tyler has delivered something startlingly fresh while retaining everything we love about her work. Digging to America delivers the blithely insular, suburban Baltimore characters we expect, but it's a bait-and-switch move....Her success at portraying culture clash and the complex longings and resentments of those new to America confirms what we knew, or should have known, all along: There's nothing small about Tyler's world, nothing precious about her attention to the hopes and fears of ordinary people." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review A Day" by , "[S]tupendously wise and very funny....Digging to America succeeds on many levels — as a satire of millennial parenting, a tribute to autumn romances, and, most important, an exploration of our risible (though poignant) attempts to welcome otherness into our midst." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "The veteran novelist extends her range without losing her essence....Vintage Tyler, with enough fresh, new touches to earn her the next generation of fans."
"Review" by , "Tyler creates many blissful moments of high emotion and keen humor while broaching hard truths about cultural differences, communication breakdowns, and family configurations. This deeply human tale of valiantly improvised lives is one of Tyler's best."
"Review" by , "At a time when discussions of immigration and citizenship have become increasingly fraught, Tyler's Digging to America offers tranquil insight by telling one immigration story and telling it well."
"Review" by , "[A] compelling novel. Anyone can tell a story, but few writers allow us to identify with their 'just folks' characters, and, like Tyler, let us revel in the day-to-day, often repetitive activities that are at the heart of being a family member and a friend."
"Review" by , "Digging to America is studded with lovely observations....Tyler has cast her abiding theme — the art of surviving among shifting, challenging circumstances — in a story more anchored in a specific time than any previous work."
"Review" by , "A touching, well-crafted tale of friendship, families, and what it means to be an American. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Ms. Tyler deserves her reputation as a master of the fine threads of human relationships. The barely registered slights, fleeting intuitions and shivers of pity that pass between these characters are a pleasure to behold."
"Review" by , "If you plan to soak up a few rays while reading [Digging to America], liberally apply the sunscreen before you start the 277-page book. Otherwise, you might find yourself caught up in her 17th novel and not want to stop to slather up again."
"Review" by , "Once again, this wise and warm-hearted author delves beneath the surface of ordinary Americans to find that there are no ordinary Americans."
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