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Digging to America


It was Friday, August 15th, 1997. The night the girls arrived. Two tiny Korean babies are delivered to Baltimore to two families who have no more in ... Show synopsis

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  • Wonderful Sep 10, 2009
    by Guppy

    Felt like I was in the story. The characters were so real. We have all encountered a Bitsy or Dave, etc.

    Would definitely recommend this book.

  • May 8, 2008
    by LizaL33

    A quick read, this sweet little novel concerns two Baltimore families who both receive their adopted baby girls from Korea on the same day. They forge a connection, which is traced through both families over a period of about six years as the girls grow up and their parents and grandparents find themselves coming together and drifting apart in unpredictable ways.

    One of the families is Iranian-American, and much time is spent meditating on the meaning of "being American." Differences in parenting styles, familial relationships, and cultural identity are also depicted. For the most part, I liked the book, but there's unequal character development here. The Iranian family is pretty much defined by that one characteristic, while the other mother basically devolves into a cartoon of the stereotypical pushy, overprotective mom ("You put your baby in a playpen??!!").

    The book was alright, and it was a quick read, so even though there's not a lot to recommend it, it wasn't time wasted.

  • Wonderful take on family dynamics Jul 8, 2007
    by Emily11507

    I was reluctant to read this book because the premise seemed a bit cloying and forced, but I quickly found myself drawn in to the psychological and social worlds of the characters.

  • A very enjoyable book! May 23, 2007
    by akapulko2020

    I've read quite a few of Ann Tyler's books and this is one of her most enjoyable. The characters are very believable , the plot develops at just the right pace, I could all but see the Yazdans and the Donaldsons right before my eyes.
    Also ,from a standpoint of an immigrant ,not from Iran and not to the US , her observations on some of the relevant issues are very accurate and insightful.
    I highly recommend this book.

  • disappointing Apr 4, 2007
    by lunarkk

    Definately not Tyler's best work. The story line was a good one but the characters, setting and plot never developed into anything. Readers in our bookclub voted this one a C-.
    Expected more from this usually wonderful writer

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