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On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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"Set against the stark backdrop of a brutal New England blizzard, the characters of Chehade's debut novel are utterly isolated, less because of their foreign origins (they're Lebanese) than because of their alienation from any society, even their own. Emilie Zaydan, the family's matriarch, stopped speaking to her children three years ago, so lost is she in troubling memories. Her spinster daughter Josephine shares no intimacy with her brother, who barely tolerates his wife, who now distrusts and resents her husband. Their daughter, Marie, can't wait to move west, in hopes of keeping the 'Lebanese part' from 'butting its nose into my American business.' The Zaydans' utter self-exile has frozen them solid, yet two events promise to crack their resolve: Eva, Emilie's estranged niece, is due to arrive any moment from Beirut, with baggage; and David, a mysterious neighbor that Josephine and Marie call Loom, opens his home to the Zaydans as the blizzard threatens Emilie's life. Trapped in his own suffering, Loom has spent the winter building an igloo, but the Zaydans interrupt this project, reintroducing everyone to the messiness of connecting with others. An expansive and beautiful new storyteller, Chehade tightly binds personal experience with the universal desire to belong, effortlessly weaving a dense tapestry of loneliness and regret. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815609827
Author:
Chehade, Therese Soukar
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
168

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Product details 168 pages Syracuse University Press - English 9780815609827 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set against the stark backdrop of a brutal New England blizzard, the characters of Chehade's debut novel are utterly isolated, less because of their foreign origins (they're Lebanese) than because of their alienation from any society, even their own. Emilie Zaydan, the family's matriarch, stopped speaking to her children three years ago, so lost is she in troubling memories. Her spinster daughter Josephine shares no intimacy with her brother, who barely tolerates his wife, who now distrusts and resents her husband. Their daughter, Marie, can't wait to move west, in hopes of keeping the 'Lebanese part' from 'butting its nose into my American business.' The Zaydans' utter self-exile has frozen them solid, yet two events promise to crack their resolve: Eva, Emilie's estranged niece, is due to arrive any moment from Beirut, with baggage; and David, a mysterious neighbor that Josephine and Marie call Loom, opens his home to the Zaydans as the blizzard threatens Emilie's life. Trapped in his own suffering, Loom has spent the winter building an igloo, but the Zaydans interrupt this project, reintroducing everyone to the messiness of connecting with others. An expansive and beautiful new storyteller, Chehade tightly binds personal experience with the universal desire to belong, effortlessly weaving a dense tapestry of loneliness and regret. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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