A collection of essays by first and second-generation immigrants—including Chigozie Obioma, Jenny Zhang, and Alexander Chee—each exploring what it's like to be othered in an increasingly divided America.
... as a reader, I worried that a collection defined by politics could crumble under the weight of good intentions ... Thankfully, this collection is a resounding success on multiple fronts. Its righteous rage is perfectly matched by its literary rewards ... As I finished The Good Immigrant, my mind was buzzing with the multitude of voices, stories, heartbreaks and dreams featured in its 300-plus pages. The book is a welcome corrective to the nationalist calls for walls, borders and exclusion that seek to narrow the boundaries of what it means to be American. Each essay is a tantalizing introduction — and invitation — to the larger body of work these artists have already created and will continue to make long after this moment passes.
...affecting personal essays ... many readers will agree that the first, Porochista Khakpour’s 'How to Write Iranian-America, or the Last Essay,' qualifies as both the most inventively written and most memorable ... the fear spawned by the hatred of Trump and the Republican Party is palpable throughout ... the quality varies, but there are no weak links in this well-curated book.