10 influential authors who came to the US as immigrants

These 10 immigrant authors have all made significant contributions to US literature and culture.

10. Christina García

Christina García was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1958, but her family moved to the US the next year when Fidel Castro came to power. García pursued a career in journalism, eventually becoming "Time" magazine's bureau chief in the Caribbean region. In the 1990's she left journalism to write fiction full time. García's first novel, "Dreaming in Cuban," was published in 1992 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The book follows three generations of a Cuban family through their lives in Cuba and in exile throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Regarded as an important Cuban-American voice, García often finds herself at odds with the Cuban community both in the US and in Cuba because she has never participated in anti-Castro activities. Her early work focused on the Cuban-American experience, but in recent years her fiction's scope has expanded, embracing the experiences of outsiders in many different cultures.

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