This thesis deals with Croatian immigrants and the way they are depicted in literature, written by the immigrants themselves. The question of identity is elaborated in terms of ethnic identity, culture and generation. Recent literature is selected, published between 1980 and 2001. One ethnic novel is chosen, 'Anna Marinkovich' (Edward Ifkovich), which deals with the complex question of ethnic identity, and portrays the relationship between first-and second generation immigrants at the beginning of the twentieth century. Other texts explored are written by first generation immigrants, Vladimir Peter Goss and Josip Novakovich. They deal with another kind of immigrant experience than the typical ethnic novel. Goss and his novel 'Dayton', as well as his short story collection 'From Both Sides of the Ocean' contain a lot of autobiographical elements; his main characters maintain a lot of similarities with Goss himself. Novakovich on the other hand, describes in some of his stories, the other side of the immigrant experience, the one that most immigrants experience, the one of rejection by the majority, and difficulties these people have to endure. Both authors claim that they feel Croatian, as well as American, they belong to both cultures and their stories describe the culture clash between these two cultures. They also write about their childhood memories from Croatia and about the recent Balkan-conflict, which had an anormous impact on them and their writing.