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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Like Cockroach, The Namesake is documents the immigrant experience. This story follows the Ganguli family from Calcutta to Cambridge Massachusetts. The husband of the family, a trained engineer adapts much better to their new country as the wife is left with a larger struggle. Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American writer herself, and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000 for her short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.   


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The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

Choy writes about a Chinese Canadian family living in Vancouver’s Chinatown in the late 1930s and ’40s.
In The Jade Peony, children of Chinese immigrants all recount a very different childhood despite being raised in the same household. His work has a large focus on Chinese and Japanese relations in Canada.
 
by Erin Balser

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

Born in India and raised in Wales, Nikita Lalwani delivers an immigrant tale from the other side of the ocean. Gifted follows the story of Rumi, the child of strict Indian parents. Her parents consider her so bright and gifted that they campaign to get her into Oxford at a very young age. The book was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007.

 
by Erin Balser

Everything was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran

In Everything was Good-bye, Basran recounts her own experiences growing up in British Columbia. It follows the story of Meena, the youngest of six in a traditional Indian family. She bucks tradition by asserting her independence as a young North American girl.

by Erin Balser
De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage

Rawi Hage’s first novel is a great companion to Cockroach. It tells the story of two men in Lebanon on the brink of making a huge life change. Will they leave their homeland and emigrate to another country or will they stay in Beirut and pursue a life of crime?  
by Erin Balser
 
 

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