Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
Nigeria to USA
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Dominican Republic to USA
Forced to flee their native Caribbean island after an attempted coup, the Garcias--Carlos, Laura, and their four daughters--must learn a new way of life in the Bronx, while trying to cling to the old ways that they loved.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Zimbabwe to USA
Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world in Zimbabwe. Their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, the school closed, the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. Darling has a chance to escape to America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Bohemia To Nebraska
Narrative about the struggles endured by a family of immigrant pioneers and the small community that surrounds them on the unsettled Nebraska plains.
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
Various African countries countries to Germany
The novel tells the tale of Richard, a retired classics professor who lives in Berlin. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike in Alexanderplatz. Curiosity turns to compassion and an inner transformation, as he visits their shelter, interviews them, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Leaving a perilous country in search of a new life.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Calcutta to USA
The son of Indian immigrants born in America wants to fit in with fellow New Yorkers, but his family is unwilling to let go of their traditional ways.
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Jamaica to UK
After WW2 , stories of black and white experiences and a shared history.
Shadow girls by Henning Mankell
Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and Tea-Bag, who is from Africa but claims to be from Kurdistan (because Kurds might receive preferential treatment as refugees), these are the shadow girls who become Humlin's unlikely pupils in impromptu writing workshops. Though he had imagined their stories as fodder for his own book, soon their intertwining lives require him to play a much different role.
Behold the dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Cameroon to USA
A Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon.
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
China to USA
In 1949, four Chinese women meet in San Francisco. They maintain old traditions and reminisce about their past
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Ireland to USA
In Ireland in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one of many who cannot find work at home. When a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving behind her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life -- and finally, she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy -- not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn.