Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic, and immigrant issues are central to his work. Among many critically-acclaimed novels, his best-known work is probably The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which explores the life of a boy in New Jersey, the son of first-generation immigrants, who dreams of being a writer.
- Maxine Hong Kingston
Born in California, Kingston is the daughter of first-generation immigrants from China. Her works explore the lives of Chinese immigrants in the United States.
- Zachary Lazar
Born in Phoenix in 1968, Lazar is not an immigrant. He merits inclusion in this list for his novel I pity the Poor Immigrant (the title is a line from a Bob Dylan song), a whodunit set in Israel that explores issues of Jewish identity and belonging in a place.
- Michael Dumanis
Born in Moscow, Russia in 1976, Dumanis moved to the US in 1981 when he was granted political asylum with his parents. He is a poet whose best known collection is My Soviet Union. According to the blurb, "this is a book of location and dis-location."
- Will Boast
Born in England, Boast grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. In his memoir, Epilogue, his father's stories about growing up in England, a "litany of brutality," inform his worldview.
- Marina Budhos, the daughter of immigrants to the US, is best known for her nonfiction Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. This book contains the "new voices of America", including Guyanese, Russian, and Korean.
- Jill Ciment
(Born in Montreal.)