The migrant humanitarian crisis in Europe has inspired long-delayed public dialogue about the plight of refugees and the struggles immigrants endure. And as in most meaningful dialogue, references to relevant stories and literature are part of the conversation. Stories in our anthology Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories are noted in “Longing to Belong: What’s Next in the European Migrant Crisis,” by author Beth Kephart published in the Huffington Post. Quotes from stories by Meena Alexander, Junot Diaz, and Carolina De Robertis are included as insights to the immigrant experience. Check out the article and then read/discuss our anthology to gain a better understanding of today’s immigrant experience from writers who’ve lived it for themselves.

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  1. Alice Dunlap-Kraft says:

    It was indeed a fascinating discussion with a delightful group. Our Mutual Friend was so much fun to read and so hard to put down that it was a treat to think deliberately about it for those 15 hours. The variety of perspectives among our group on the psychology and motivations of the characters was fascinating. I especially enjoyed Nancy’s questions about tests of character and relationships posed in the plot, who failed the tests, who surpassed them, and why. It was a wonderful week at Toronto Pursuits.

  2. Jess Hungate says:

    Nancy, this is a great note on Classical Pursuits, which I encourage all to consider attending, as well as on Dickens and the Shared Enquiry (TM) approach more generally. I remember with such fondness our consideration last year of that greatest of all (OK, well almost all) books, Middlemarch. The book, the July in Toronto, your leadership, and reading and discussion in general – all very highly recommended. I look forward to Classical Pursuits next July!!

  3. Nancy Carr says:

    Thank you, Jess! I’ve learned a great deal from participants at Classical Pursuits over the years, and I look forward to it each summer.

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