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The New American Voices Award finalists recommend books on immigrants’ experiences.

Corinne Segal

August 3, 2022, 10:56am

The Institute for Immigration Research has announced its finalists for the New American Voices Award, which recognizes “recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants.”

The finalists are Sindya Bhanoo’s Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, Daphne Palasi Andreades’s Brown Girls, and Aamina Ahmad’s The Return of Faraz Ali. Patricia Engel, who won last year’s award, is judging this year’s prize along with Huan Hsu and Chrisopher Castellani, and they will announce the winners in the fall.

All three authors recommended some of their favorite books that focus on immigrants’ experiences. Here are their picks:

Aamina Ahmad 

Recommends: Sanjena Sathian, Gold Diggers
(Penguin Press)

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Daphne Palasi Andreades

Recommends: Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other
(Grove Press, Black Cat)

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Sindya Bhanoo

Recommends: Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
(Vintage)

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