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I'm looking for books with Third Culture Kid POVs. TCKs are usually defined as those who have grown up or spent a significant part of their upbringing in a culture different from their native/parent culture, who develop their own in-between cultural identity from elements of both. They often end up being strongly attached to two or more places/cultures without quite fitting in entirely with either.

A lot of the writing on the subject that I can find is academic, and a lot of that is annoyingly America-centric (largely about American army or missionary kids) for something that's meant to be all about the multiculturalism. I found this awesome list of books that speak to the TCK experience, but were not necessarily written about that experience. I guess a lot of things could apply, thematically, but I was wondering if anyone knows of works of fiction that are specifically about this.

Thanks!

Date: 2011-06-24 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
It's a middle school age fantasy (and about an American kid), but R J Anderson's "Knife" (published in America as "Rebel", I believe) has a TCK protagonist, and is a very enjoyable read.

Date: 2011-06-26 12:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cereus
One book I can think of that seems to be heavily about that is "Born Confused" by Tanuja Desai Hidier. The main character is Indian with a lot of ties to the "home country" but also living in the USA.

Date: 2011-08-05 08:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kittiwake
Two memoirs of English girls brought up in Kenya, both of whom had close relationships with the locals, Child of Happy Valley by Juanita Carberry and West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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