Plucky. Twenty-six year old Albanian immigrant Lula is the protagonist of Francine Prose’s novel, My New American Life. Prose captures many aspects of contemporary life circa 2005, and assembles a cast of characters to flesh out that time and show the contrast between suburban malaise and an immigrant’s struggle post-9/11. The plucky Lula is a survivor who stumbles through ways to make it in America. All the Albanian characters have a liveliness that contrasts with the sadness of the American characters. Readers who enjoy novels of social commentary are those most likely to enjoy this book.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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