A House for Mr. Biswas
Why this book?
Immigrant books are frequently about striving to improve a family’s life while adapting to a new land with more than a bit of chauvinism about one’s origin culture. All of these elements are colorfully on display in this semi-autographical novel. Although this book is about an Indian family in the Caribbean, the story has many parallels to my own family’s immigrant experience as Polish Jews in America.