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 preserThe 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....
|Title||:||Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American|
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Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American Reviews
I read this for work (woo, curriculum revisions!) and found it excellent. There's a wide range of stories here addressing many different aspects of living in America. Not every story was my favorite, obviously, but it's a fantastic collection.
A mixed bag, but there are some really outstanding stories in this collection. I particularly enjoyed those by E.L. Doctorow, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Roshni Rustomji, Simon Ortiz, and an especially beautiful story by Louise Erdrich.
As with many anthologies, a bit of a mixed bag. Some were stand alone short stories or essays, but others were excerpts of longer works. It does have a wide sampling by American authors of various backgrounds: some of whom are authors I have read independently and love, others for whom I kept meaning to check out, and some whom I've never heard of. I now have a couple of new authors on my to-read list, but also some who I'll probably not pick up.
From the PublisherFilled with humor, passion, and grace, Growing Up Ethnic in America features some of America's brightest voices in pieces that shed light on the many ways individuals from distinctly ethnic backgrounds come to terms with the multicultural terrain that is America. These stories depict a variety of experiences, including poignant but failed attempts at conformity and the alienation often felt by ethnic Americans. But they also tell of the strength gained through the preservation of their communities, and the realization that it is often the difference from the norm that helps them to succeed. In pieces that suggest that what constitutes American identity is far from settled, these writers testify to the profound effect ethnic differences have on personal and communal understandings of America, and illustrate the diversity that is the source of the nation's great discord and infinite promise. From Kirkus Review:he tales are divided into four sections: "Performing" gathers stories (by E.L. Doctorow, Amy Tan, Gary Soto, and Daryl Pinckney, among others) that focus on the ways members of distinct ethnic communities have tried to identify and (to varying extent) adapt or imitate concepts about what it means to be an American. The tales in "Crossing" (which includes work by Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz) follow a variety of hesitant efforts by such individuals to straddle the divide between their cultures and American society. "Negotiating" features stories (by, among others, Gish Jen, Bruce Jacobs, and Diane Glancy) that probe the many ways in which those without much power to effect change try to find some sense of security in the US without entirely jettisoning their past. And the pieces in "Bridging" (including those by Sherman Alexie, Simon Ortiz, and Sylvia Watanabe) deal largely with the efforts of outsiders to reconnect with the cultures they have left behind. The stories, set largely in the recent past or in the present, and ranging in setting from Indian reservations to besieged urbanneighborhoods, offer some sensitive and compelling readings of the struggles of those often rendered voiceless by society. An impressive gathering of tales charting the turbulent nature of modern American society, and the efforts of individuals and groups often considered outside the mainstream to discover and maintain their identities.
Solid collection of stories by ethnic authors residing in the continental US. The ethnic circle includes Irish, Italians, Jewish people, Native Americans, Muslim, African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians, with diverse perspectives. Most of the stories fell into the tragic catagory though some such as Sherman Alexie's story carried some irony with it. I would have liked to have read more comic pieces. As an ethnic American myself, my own life has not been about racism, immigration, living with stereotypes, though I realize that many ethnic Americans have experienced those situations and I do not devalue their experiences, but these types of stories make it difficult for ethnic Americans to rise above challenges. I just felt ashamed and defeated reading some of these stories.Sadly, collections such as this one, do no celebrate diversity, but perpetuate tragic stereotypes while tossing characters into victim and martyr roles. This is an older title published several years ago so I cross my fingers that more uplifting ethnic fiction anthologies hit the shelves in the future. I still enjoyed the writing, plot twists, in some cases, and the diverse voices in the collection.
An uneven collection, but mostly impressive. Some of the stories were fantastic and introduced me to new writers, like E.L. Doctorow, whom I'd heard of but never read. His story, "The Writer in the Family" opens the book, and I thought it was excellent. Lynn Sharon Schwartz's "Killing the Bees" was another favorite of the collection, and I plan to look into her other books. A few of the stories were story-like excerpts from novels I'd already read (like those by Gish Jen and Amy Tan), but they were nice to revisit. Others I just couldn't get in to, because I didn't like the style of writing. Overall, it's a worthwhile read, especially for someone like me who loves immigrant fiction.
I really wanted to like this and at first, the stories were touching and I enjoyed it. Then they started to get less interesting, sad, and a lot of stories felt like they were unfinished and just stuck in a book because it related somewhat. I couldn't finish it and if I return, I'll look up what stories I haven't read yet and are good, and read them only bc it was torture.
I only read some of the short stories. Parts of them are involving with the different culture. Pretty interesting. That i also learned more about how the ancient culture went. And how was the culture affecting the people.
Short stories by writers like Sherman Alexie and Sandra Cisneros.