2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
"All the parallels I drew between the book and my own life were found in the little things; it brought me a whole new perspective and appreciation for my parents through details I don’t think they would have even thought to share with me.
It was comforting to see some of my own thoughts and my own life written out in a book. It wasn’t all pretty, which made it that much more endearing and satisfying."
Submitted by ivanasu.
5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
"It’s the perfect coming of age novel and came to me at a time when I was separating my old teenage self from my new adult view of the world. I feel like that’s such a universal feeling that anyone can relate to when reading this book; however, it also introduces some ideas about racial tension, colourism, and gender roles in relationships."
Submitted by kissestofilm.
7. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
"It really resonated with me about my relationship with my mom."
Submitted by Honey Saeturn, Facebook.
10. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
"Marjane and her family are no different than you and I. For so long they have been the true victims of their government and the terrorists born on their soil. But that doesn't stop them from standing up for their civil rights in the face of torture and death."
Submitted by Anne Catherine Hughes, Facebook.
16. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
"I don't know many writers who just know people and how they work as well as Zadie Smith does. Not many writers can then portray people and their motivations and make it believable, even under odd circumstances, capturing all the contradictions and irrationalities that we act on quite logically given our backgrounds, but she just does."
Submitted by Gitai Ben-Ammi, Facebook.
17. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
"Hosseini does a remarkable job of intertwining the stories of two Afghani women during the invasion of the Taliban. He captures the injustice and oppression in they face while highlighting the importance of women supporting one another in times of adversity."
Submitted by shermans.
Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.