14 American Immigrant Authors We Love

Writers and dreamers who have captured our hearts

We are a country of dreamers — of people who long to achieve the much sought after American Dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which we are taught from a young age is possible for any of us. What makes us American is our united dream, whether we were born here, in another country, or have family members who weren’t born here.

“We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. We are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems.”
— Arthur O’ Shaughnessy

Many of our most prized authors in this country come from families outside the U.S. So when the president rescinded #DACA last week, putting thousands of young dreamers living in this country at risk for being deported, we decided to share some amazing books we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to read if not for the immigrants that enrich society.

1. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

2. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

3. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

4. The Leavers by Lisa Ko

5. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

6. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

7. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

8. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

9. What is the What by Dave Eggers


10. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

11. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

12. In The Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford

13. The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

14. The New Odyssey by Patrick Kingsley

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