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After 85 long years, Fatimah Abdullah is dying, and she knows when her time will come. In fact, it should come just nine days from tonight, the 992nd nightly visit of Scheherazade, the beautiful and immortal storyteller from the epic The Arabian Nights.

Just as Scheherazade spun magical stories for 1,001 nights to save her own life, Fatima has spent each night telling Scheherazade her life stories, all the while knowing that on the 1,001st night, her storytelling will end forever. But between tonight and night 1,001, Fatima has a few loose ends to tie up. She must find a wife for her openly gay grandson, teach Arabic (and birth control) to her 17-year-old great-granddaughter, make amends with her estranged husband, and decide which of her troublesome children should inherit her family's home in Lebanon--a house she herself has not seen in nearly 70 years. All this while under the surveillance of two bumbling FBI agents eager to uncover Al Qaeda in Los Angeles.

But Fatimas children are wrapped up in their own chaotic lives and disinterested in their mother or their inheritances. As Fatima weaves the stories of her husband, children, and grandchildren, we meet a visionless psychic, a conflicted U.S. soldier, a gynecologist who has a daughter with a love of shoplifting and a tendency to get unexpectedly pregnant, a Harvard-educated alcoholic cab driver edging towards his fifth marriage, a lovelorn matchmaker, and a Texas homecoming queen. Taken in parts, Fatimas relations are capricious and steadfast, affectionate and smothering, connected yet terribly alone. Taken all together, they present a striking and surprising tapestry of modern Arab American life.

Shifting between the U.S. and Lebanon over the last hundred years, Alia Yunis crafts a bewitching novel imbued with great humanity, imagination, and a touch of magic realism. Be prepared to be utterly charmed.

Synopsis:

At age 85, Fatima Abdullah knows that on the 1001st night of her storytelling, her life will end. But Fatima has many loose ends to tie up first, including finding a wife for her openly gay grandson and making amends with her estranged husband.

About the Author

Raised in Chicago, ALIA YUNIS has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in Los Angeles and the Middle East. Currently a professor of communications at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Yunis is a PEN Emerging Voices fellow. This is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307453624
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Yunis, Alia
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.40x6.30x1.50 in. 1.45 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Young Adult » General

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Product details 384 pages Shaye Areheart Books - English 9780307453624 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , At age 85, Fatima Abdullah knows that on the 1001st night of her storytelling, her life will end. But Fatima has many loose ends to tie up first, including finding a wife for her openly gay grandson and making amends with her estranged husband.
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