The editors who brought us Unsettling America and Identity Lessons have compiled a short-story anthology that focuses on themes of racial and ethnic assimilation. With humor, passion, and grace, the contributors lay bare poignant attempts at conformity and the alienation sometimes experienced by ethnic Americans. But they also tell of the strength gained through the preservation of their communities, and the realization that it was often their difference from the norm that helped them to succeed. In pieces suggesting that American identity is far from settled, these writers illustrate the diversity that is the source of both the nation's great discord and infinite promise.More
"This short story collection has a few famous names - such as E.L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, and Amy Tan - as well as the Sherman Alexie story that sparked the movie Smoke Signals. The narrators...manage to add the adolescent touches that make the stories hit home...Topics such as teen pregnancy, racial attacks, and pop culture are addressed with frankness and occasional profanity." (AudioFile)
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