House of Waiting

The House of WaitingHouse of Waiting tells of Sarah Weissberg, a sheltered Orthodox woman swept into a stormy romance with Roland Singh, a charismatic Indian man from British Guiana. The two are are drawn together by their passion and shared sense of being outsiders in 1950s America. When Roland leaves Sarah in New York to seek his destiny in a bitter political struggle, Sarah creates her own home with his immigrant friends in upstate New York. There she learns the lessons of waiting and politics. And it is there, finally, that Sarah must decide whether to embark on a dangerous trip to save her marriage and learn the truth about her husband.

Based on actual historical events, House of Waiting is a sensitively drawn tale about exile and love; a struggle against the past to forge a new home.

“This debut clearly marks Budhos as a writer to watch.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“House of Waiting is a wonderfully rendered and moving novel.”
–Oscar Hijuelos

“Budhos makes vivid the conflicting loyalties of family, race and nation … with insight, humor and tenderness. A terrific debut.”
–Rosellen Brown

“Tackling the theme of cultural differences, the author exhibits a rich style and skillful insight into her characters that will enchant readers.”
Library Journal

“Budhos’ first novel resonates eloquently with the themes of racism, cultural displacement and longings for Utopia …a subtle lyrical imagination …”
Asia Week

“House of Waiting is ambitious, covering wide far-reaching issues in a few hundred pages and touching the exiled selves in all of us.”
The Literary Review

“House of Waiting is Marina Tamar Budhos’ first novel, but it is evident from the beginning that this is the work of a consummate storyteller, adept at characterization and in love with language.”
The Caribbean Writer

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Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers

For the last two and a half years, I have been talking to immigrant teenagers all over the country … Out of these conversations came a swirl of voices — voices that have so much to tell us.
Here, in fourteen intimate conversations, and many short interviews, teenagers from all over the world reveal their most personal struggles and triumphs.

REMIX features Muslim girls from traditional families and Guyanese boys who know every hot new club, Hmong athletes, Russians in Disneyland, Central Americans sustained by community and tempted by gangs, Koreans facing extreme pressures to succeed, and many others.

Filled with insights about American teenage culture and moving stories about the special challenges immigrants face, REMIX shows all the voices of the new America.

The Horn Book

“A worthwhile book on a rare topic, it is both easy to read and thought-provoking.”

“A thoughtful collection of profiles of teenagers from around the world …”
–Cooperative Children’s Book Center

“Budhos flaunts traditional YA literary wisdom with this captivating collection of interviews. Rather than disappearing behind her subjects’ first-person narratives, she becomes part of the story … Thanks to the author’s warm tone, reading about these teens is like overhearing a conversation between friends; the voices are authentic, and Budhos’ observations of everything from bedroom decor to body language are insightful and honest. An affecting, thought-provoking book for young adults, librarians, and teachers alike, and a dynamic starting point for exploring the rich landscape of the immigrant experience.”
–Boxed Review, Booklist

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