The debut novel by Henry Roth, CALL IT SLEEP is an autobiographically inspired tale set early in the second decade of the 20th century and tracing the experiences of a boy coming of age in the Jewish slums of New York City's Lower East Side.
In CHINA MEN, Maxine Hong Kingston uses a combination of myth, history, legend, and memory to relate the unique nature of the Chinese-American experience.
Comprised of a series of poetic vignettes, THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is the coming-of-age story of Esperanza, a Mexican-American girl growing up in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago.
The daughter of an Ojibwa-French mother and German-American father, Louise Erdrich was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and writes about the hybrid lives of contemporary Native Americans.
Famous for her novels about Nebraska and the American Southwest, Willa Cather had a deep love of the land and a strong distaste for the materialism and conformism she saw in modern life. Her novels often question customary ways of thinking and feeling, especially in their pioneering depictions of strong female characters.