DIGGING TO AMERICA

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Two completely different Baltimore families adopt Korean babies in this latest offering from Tyler. Bitsy and Brad Donaldson meet Ziba and Sami Yasdan while they're all awaiting the arrival of their daughters at an airport. Ziba and Sami later impart some of their native Iranian culture to their daughter by having Sami's mother watch their little girl, Susan. Bitsy and Brad, originally from Baltimore, rarely leave their daughter, Jin-Ho, with another adult. And every year, the families come together and celebrate their daughters' Arrival Day, complete with cake and Arrival Day video.

After Bitsy's mother dies, her father, Dave, and Sami's mother, Maryam, become good friends. Though Dave is interested in pursuing a relationship with Maryam, she never really warms to the idea of their courtship.

Tyler's moving novel combines cultures and highlights the ways that differences that can strengthen friendship. The author shines as the relationships between the characters evolve and change in this realistic, heartwarming tale. (May, 288 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick