Exquisitely written, funny and hugely entertaining, Jonathan Raban’s Waxwings brilliantly captures the landscape and life of contemporary America.

At the turn of the millennium, two immigrants are drawn to the United States by their own versions of the American Dream. For Tom Janeway - a Hungarian-born English intellectual most at home with his books - it's the family he thought he'd never have. For Chick - an illegal alien newly escaped from a cargo container - it's the land of plenty he imagined back in China. But for both, the New World proves surprisingly full of old ways.

The Man Booker Prize 2003
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Jonathan Raban

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Jonathan Raban is best known for his often unsparing autobiographical travel books which mix rivers and oceans, history, human foibles and societal change - the topics of Waxwings.

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