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Immigration in Literature

Immigration is never not in the news. For our quiz this issue, we focus on some outstanding literature based on the immigrant experience, most of it from this century or very late 20th century. Test your knowledge and you’re in the running to receive a 30-euro (£23 / $33) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2024


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Answer the following:

1. Name the novel in which a British-Palestinian actor returns to Haifa to visit her sister in the family summer home and ends up agreeing to play Gertrude in an Arabic production of Hamlet in the West Bank.

2. Set in the center of East LA. gang life, name this novel of two teenaged girls, one of whom rises to become jefe in her own right.

3. What is the title of the novel that follows the lives of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, spanning several decades and touching on themes of immigration, war, and family?

4. What is the title of the non-fiction work of 2024, filled with true-life stories, that explores the relationship between the US and Central America which contributed so heavily to the current border crisis?

5. In which novel does a young Pakistani man recount his experiences living in America both before and after the September 11 attacks?

6. Name the novel that tells the story of a young Haitian woman who immigrates to New York City and grapples with her family's past.

7. Which novel follows a Russian immigrant living in a dystopian future America?

8. Who wrote the memoir which recounts the author's experiences growing up as an Iranian immigrant in Whittier, California?

9.  Which author wrote the novel which follows the lives of a Cameroonian immigrant family living in New York City during the 2008 financial crisis?

10. In Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the protagonist Ifemelu moves from Nigeria to America for college. What career does she pursue that leads her to explore issues of race and identity?

11. Name the novel that follows the life of a young Chilean woman who immigrates to America and becomes a successful businesswoman?

12. Name the novel in which a couple flee a civil war in their unnamed country through a series of mysterious doors that have opened up around the world, allowing people to pass through to locations far away..

13.  Name the novel in which the narrator is both a captain in the South Vietnamese Army and a spy for the North Vietnamese.

14.  Who wrote the novel which consists of sixteen interwoven stories about conflicts between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters?

15. In The Lowland, which two countries are central to the immigrant experience of the characters Subhash and Udayan?


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