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Fiction Books to Celebrate NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

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Immigrant Heritage Week is a city-wide celebration that honors the experiences and contributions of immigrants in New York City established in 2004 and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The New York Public Library joins in on the celebration by featuring free events through the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. 
 
We are highlighting a selection of fiction titles in the top four NYC languages that explore the immigrant experience. Read and discover the fascinating journeys that each unique personal story tells, and find the experiences that also bring us together. If you'd like to read nonfiction books about the immigrant experience, check out this list. Do you have any other titles to recommend? Please tell us in the comments!
 
Speacial thanks to Alexandra Gomez, Candice Walcott, and Yolande Shelton for collaborating on creating this World Languages list.
 

English

In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Apelfeld










 

Live from Cairo

Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte










 

Exit West

Exit West by Moshin Hamid










 

Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue










 

The Refugees

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen










 

Between Two Skies

Between Two Skies by Joanne O'Sullivan










 

No One Can Pronounce My Name

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal










 

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See






 



 

The Gringo Champion

The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen







 

 

 

Chinese

我的美国新生活 (My New American Life) by Francine Prose

白牙(White Teeth) by Zadie Smith

不属于我们的世纪 (We Are Not Ourselves) by Matthew Thomas

布鲁克林 (Brooklyn) by Colm Tóibín

移民 (Immigrant) by Xiwo Chen
 

Russian

Розовый костюм

Розовый костюм by N.M. Kelby











 

 повесть

Израиль в Москве : повесть​ by Efim Lekht








 

Гастарбайтер

Гастарбайтер by Musa Murataliev










Муза by Jessie Burton

Взгляни на меня : [роман] by Nicholas Sparks


Spanish

Más allá del invierno

Más allá del invierno by Isabel Allende










 

Los días de Jesús en la escuela

Los días de Jesús en la escuela by J.M. Coetzee

 










 

La fila india

La fila india by Antonio Ortuño


 

 






 

Brooklyn

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín










 

Propios y extraños

Propios y extraños by Anne Tyler











 

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