Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American

Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American

by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jennifer Gillan
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Growing Up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction About Learning to Be American by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jennifer Gillan

Stories navigating the commplicated terrain of race in America, from acclaimed writers like Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow, Sandra Cisneros, Sherman Alexie, and Amy Tan

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.

"These beautiful stories radiate with the poignant, ingenious ways young people come to terms with their ethnic identities, negotiating their families, school, friends and their futures . . . This exemplary collection fulfills the editors' aims: to open dialogue and encourage the telling of difficult, adaptive or affirming life experiences." -Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140280630
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 260,467
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the director of The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. She is the author of five collections of poetry.

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Growing up Ethnic in America: Contemporary Fiction about Learning to Be American 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Thsi is truly an exceptional book. It helps the reader to explore themany facets of ethnicity in the USA and what is gaineed and what is lost in the search to be American and to fit in. Stories in this book are written by writers such as Toni Morrison, Gish Jen, Amy Tan, Sherman Alexie, E.L.Doctorow, Nash CAndalaria. Many have dashes of humor and are both poigant and funny. Highly recommended for use in classes as well as for bedside reading.