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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, Zaced. 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 Jazz is "a joy to read.... You will be tempted to read passages out loud. And you should" (Boston Globe). USA Today praises Abu-Jaber's "gift for dialogue ... her Arab-American rings musically, and hilariously, true."

Synopsis:

Balances are struck in this luminous first novel-between two radically distinct cultures, between obligation and self-will, between past and future, between hilarity and heartbreak-as the Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud settles in a small, poor-white community in upstate New York. Winner of the Oregon Book Award. PEN/Hemingway First Novel finalist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156000482
Author:
Abu-Jaber, Diana
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
New York (State) Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Book
Series Volume:
no. 418
Publication Date:
19940630
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Balances are struck in this luminous first novel-between two radically distinct cultures, between obligation and self-will, between past and future, between hilarity and heartbreak-as the Jordanian family of Matussem Ramoud settles in a small, poor-white community in upstate New York. Winner of the Oregon Book Award. PEN/Hemingway First Novel finalist.

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