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Awards

Winner of the Oregon Book Award
Finalist for the National PEN/Hemingway Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In Diana Abu-Jaber's "impressive, entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) first novel, a small, poor-white community in upstate New York becomes home to the transplanted Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud: his grown daughters, Jemorah and Melvina; his sister Fatima; and her husband, Zaeed. The widower Matuseem loves American jazz, kitschy lawn ornaments, and, of course, his daughters. Fatima is obsessed with seeing her nieces married — Jemorah is nearly thirty! Supernurse Melvina is firmly committed to her work, but Jemorah is ambivalent about her identity and role. Is she Arab? Is she American? Should she marry and, if so, whom?

Review:

"[A] joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should." Boston Globe

Review:

"[Abu-Jaber's] Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true." USA Today

Review:

"This oracular first novel, which unfurls like gossamer, [has] characters of a depth seldom found in a debut." The New Yorker

Synopsis:

In this "impressive, entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) novel, a small, poor-white community in upstate New York becomes home to the transplanted Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud and his grown daughters.

Synopsis:

In Diana Abu-Jaber's "impressive, entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) first novel, a small, poor-white community in upstate New York becomes home to the transplanted Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud: his grown daughters, Jemorah and Melvina; his sister Fatima; and her husband, Zaeed. The widower Matuseem loves American jazz, kitschy lawn ornaments, and, of course, his daughters. Fatima is obsessed with seeing her nieces married'"Jemorah is nearly thirty! Supernurse Melvina is firmly committed to her work, but Jemorah is ambivalent about her identity and role. Is she Arab? Is she American? Should she marry and, if so, whom? Winner of the Oregon Book Award and finalist for the National PEN/Hemingway Award, Arabian Jazzis "a joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should" (Boston Globe). USA Todaypraises Abu-Jaber's "gift for dialogue...her Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true." Reading group guide included. "[A] joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should."'"Boston Globe"[Abu-Jaber's] Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true."'"USA Today

About the Author

Diana Abu-Jaber is currently writer-in-residence at Portland State University, where she teaches literature and creative writing. Her most recent novel is Crescent.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393324228
Author:
Abu-Jaber, Diana
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Arab Americans
Subject:
Arab American families
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Series Volume:
743
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 in 0.79 lb

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Product details 384 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393324228 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should."
"Review" by , "[Abu-Jaber's] Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true."
"Review" by , "This oracular first novel, which unfurls like gossamer, [has] characters of a depth seldom found in a debut."
"Synopsis" by , In this "impressive, entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) novel, a small, poor-white community in upstate New York becomes home to the transplanted Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud and his grown daughters.
"Synopsis" by , In Diana Abu-Jaber's "impressive, entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) first novel, a small, poor-white community in upstate New York becomes home to the transplanted Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud: his grown daughters, Jemorah and Melvina; his sister Fatima; and her husband, Zaeed. The widower Matuseem loves American jazz, kitschy lawn ornaments, and, of course, his daughters. Fatima is obsessed with seeing her nieces married'"Jemorah is nearly thirty! Supernurse Melvina is firmly committed to her work, but Jemorah is ambivalent about her identity and role. Is she Arab? Is she American? Should she marry and, if so, whom? Winner of the Oregon Book Award and finalist for the National PEN/Hemingway Award, Arabian Jazzis "a joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should" (Boston Globe). USA Todaypraises Abu-Jaber's "gift for dialogue...her Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true." Reading group guide included. "[A] joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should."'"Boston Globe"[Abu-Jaber's] Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true."'"USA Today
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