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Digging to America : a novel
Anne Tyler
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Blair Brown is one of those rare performers who can capture an author's voice to perfection. She's had plenty of practice performing audiobooks, including Linda Fairstein's Death Dance. Her vibrant reading of Digging manifests her outstanding talent as she moves lightly and briskly through the narrative, pausing ever so slightly before Tyler's clever punch lines for added effect. Brown makes this wry satire about the adoption of foreign babies so laugh-out-loud funny that standup comics could study her timing. Both adults and children are played to perfection. Brown's enactment of Iranian immigrant Maryam Yazdan and Ziba, her daughter-in-law, is amazing in her accurate reproduction of the soft and liquid Farsi vowels. In contrast, American-born Sami, Maryam's son, speaks like the prototypical Easterner. Brown remembers that the children of immigrants sound like their peers, not their parents. This hilarious audiobook actually improves a fine novel. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 27). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Maryam should be happy that her son and daughter-in-law celebrate yearly with the Donaldsons, whom they met while both couples were adopting an infant daughter from Korea. Instead, the Iranian-born Maryam now realizes how much she feels like an outsider in her adopted country. With a 300,000-copy first printing. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Maryam Yazdan
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Married
Sami's mother; emigrated to America almost forty years ago; refuses to accept American culture and values.

Bitsy Donaldson
Female
Married
Adopts a Korean infant girl.

Brad Donaldson
Male
Married
Bitsy's husband; adopts a Korean infant girl.

Sami Yazdan
Male
Married
Adopts a Korean infant girl.

Ziba Yazdan
Female
Married
Sami's wife; adopts a Korean infant girl.

Dave
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Bitsy's father; falls in love with Maryam.



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