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One of the chief aims in writing my new novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name, was to examine some of the established tropes that we associate with the “immigrant novel” or “ethnic novel” and to build upon them while subverting them in new ways that would enrich the genre. We that aim to write these kinds of books are indebted, of course, to a wide-ranging and diverse group of authors who have provided us with invaluable works of enduring power and influence, and these are just some of the formidable books that have had a profound effect on me and how I write.
I should note that there is a common tendency to focus on immigrant novels that involve America, but I’ve also tried to include a few books that are about immigration involving countries that don’t include America, as these are just as necessary and unforgettable.
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