Jhumpa Lahiri scoffed at the idea of 'immigrant fiction' in a recent NYT interview. We agree that most fiction might be characterized as 'immigrant', especially in America, but we think literature can be an important lens through which to come to understand at least a part of the immigrant experience. Here are a few books that we highly recommend featuring immigrant protagonists.
An unconventional novel of three generations that encompasses love, tragedy, dictatorship, and of course, the brief wondrous life of first generation Dominican-American Oscar.
An engaging tale by the wonderful Michael Chabon, of two cousins (one American, the other narrowly escaping Nazi-occupied Prague) who create a superhero empire in the blossoming comic book culture of 1939.