What are the best fiction books about diasporas?

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    #1Interpreter of Maladies

    Interpreter of Maladies

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine stories that talk about Indian Americans and how they are caught between cultural and generational barriers.


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    Rakesh Malik
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Jhumpa Lahiri has given us a breathtakingly beautiful collection of stories that certainly deserves the Pulitzer Prize. She writes like a dream and brings you into the worlds of her stories so effectively. She certainly is a writer of enormous talent and I only hope she gives us more work soon. All the stories in this collection concern the culture clash between America and India. Clash is perhaps too strong a word. It is more like the two worlds are bumping into one another, trying to make some sense of the other. As with any collection, some stories are stronger than others (although none are weak). The first and last were my favorites. The first--A Temporary Matter--deals with a young couple coping with the stillbirth of their first child and the disintegration of their marriage during a week of hour long blackouts. The last--The Third and Final Continent--is told by an Indian man of his first days in Boston, before and after he brought his new bride to the country. All of these stories are beautifully rendered. I highly recommend this collection."
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    #2Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Wayne Diaz
    Written on April 23, 2018
    " This book was very interesting. It kept my attention thoughout. It had sarcasm and imagination . I really loved it."
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    #3The Inheritance of Loss

    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. Set against the backdrop of the Nepalese revolution for independence from India, it tells the story of Jemubhai Patel, his granddaughter, and his cook.

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    Isabel Ordoñez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Inheritance of Loss uses the struggles of living under colonialism as the foundation of this story about family and hardship. With exacting and lovely prose, she shows how social and political history never truly gets erased. Not everyone will like the flowery style of writing but I found it immersive and poetic. I also felt very close to the characters and the many calamities of their lives--I could really identify with feeling like the world is a series of adversities we hope to overcome with the love and strength of others."
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    #4A House For Mr. Biswas

    A House For Mr. Biswas

    A House for Mr. Biswas is a satirical novel by V.S. Naipaul, first published in 1961. It is the book that put V.S. Naipaul's name on the map, eventually leading to his getting awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001.


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    #5Family Life

    Family Life

    Family Life is a novel by Akil Sharma, first published in 2014 by W.W. Norton & Company. It was part of the New York Times Top 10 books of 2014, and it won the International Dublin Literary Award in 2016.


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    #6Desirable Daughters

    Desirable Daughters

    Desirable Daughters is a historical novel by the award-winning author, Bharati Mukherjee. First published in 2003, it tells the story of three Indian sisters. It is succeeded by the book The Tree Bride.


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    #7The Namesake

    The Namesake
    The Namesake is a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Interpreter of Maladies. It was first published in 2003, and it tells the story of Ganguli family as they migrated to America from India.

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    Ruth Stanley
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The book is fiction, but it could be about any family coming to America from anywhere and the difficulties they face trying to make a new life so far from their homeland. Interesting to read of their struggles and perseverance as they are not always welcomed to their new home. "
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    #8The Mango Season

    The Mango Season

    The Mango Season is a novel by Amulya Malladi, first published in 2004. It tells the story of a modern-day Indian girl who struggles with traditions when she moves to America and falls in love with an American man.


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    Judy Schmidt
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Interesting to see how other cultures handle breaking traditions and stepping outside the box"
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    #9The Story Hour

    The Story Hour

    The Story Hour is a contemporary novel by Thrity Umrigar, first published in 2014. It tells the story of a psychologist, Maggie, as she gets deeply affected by the stories of an Indian woman who is lonely for her family and home country.


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    Sandra Ward
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Story Hour is a fantastic book that I had a hard time putting down. Maggie is a psychologist and she becomes deeply affected by the stories of an Indian woman. This book should be turned into a movie and I could see Mindy Kaling in the starring role. Great book."
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    #10Queen of Dreams

    Queen of Dreams

    Queen of Dreams is a historical fiction novel by award-winning author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It was originally published in 2005, and it tells the story of Rakhi, as she learns to appreciate her Indian heritage.


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Best What are the best fiction books about diasporas
1Interpreter of MaladiesBooks 37 Paid
2Midnight's ChildrenBooks 34 Paid
3The Inheritance of LossBooks 31 Paid
4A House For Mr. BiswasBooks 29 Paid
5Family LifeBooks 26 Paid
6Desirable DaughtersBooks 25 Paid
7The NamesakeBooks 23 Paid
8The Mango SeasonBooks 21 Paid
9The Story HourBooks 18 Paid
10Queen of DreamsBooks 16 Paid

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