Digging to America by Anne Tyler

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Friday August 15th, 1997. Two tiny Korean babies are delivered to two very different Baltimore families. Every year, on the anniversary of ‘Arrival Day’ the two families celebrate together, with more and more elaborately competitive parties, as little Susan and Jin-ho take roots and become American.

 Reviewed by Entre Nous

Although we recognised that Anne Tyler is a talented writer who has a good understanding of of families and describes quirky character, in this book dealing with belonging, some felt that this book was inconsequential”

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The Road Home by Rose Tremain

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Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daugher and his outrageous friend Rudi who – dreaming of the wealthy West – lives largely for his battered Chevrolet. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging…

 

Reviewed by Waterside Phoenix

Rose Tremain has used to telling effect all the writing techniques of the 21st Century in this novel. Chapter titles, authentic dialogue, emotional flashbacks and a main character in an isolated position that few readers can have experienced. Not all of our comfortable family supported members could quite believe Lev (Lion) was completely real and we hovered between three and four stars in rating this book. A very good read and source of valuable discussion.””

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