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Towelhead

Erian, Alicia

Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 2005
ISBN 10: 074324494X / ISBN 13: 9780743244947
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Title: Towelhead

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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The author's debut novel. First printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "Alicia Erian." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; spine ends bumped; light shelfware to bottom edge of the boards. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.00); "signed copy" sticker on front panel. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 000945

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A painfully funny, shocking, tender and redemptive novel about a girl failed by her parents, and trying to find the love she needs.

When Jasira?s mother discovers her boyfriend?s feelings for her thirteen-year-old daughter, she packs Jasira off to Houston, Texas, to live with the Daddy she barely knows. Her father is a remote figure, unable to show his daughter the love she craves, and still less able to handle her feelings about her changing body, which Jasira begins to suspect disgusts him. School is a lonely place for a ?towelhead? in the run up to the first Gulf War, and when her father meets, and forbids her to see, her boyfriend, Jasira has to look elsewhere for affection. She begins her search close to home, with a neighbour, Mr Vuoso: a man with an extensive collection of Playboy, who doesn?t seem to think there?s anything wrong with Jasira?s body at all?

Product Description: It is August 1990. Saddam Hussein has just invaded Kuwait, and Jasira's mother has bought her daughter a one-way ticket to Texas to live with her strict Lebanese father. Living in a neat model home in Charming Gates, just outside of Houston, Jasira struggles with her father's rigid lifestyle and the racism of her classmates, who call her "towelhead." For the first time, the painful truth hits her: she's an Arab. Her aching loneliness and growing frustration with her parents' conflicting rules drive her to rebel in very dangerous ways. Most disturbingly, she becomes sexually obsessed with the bigoted army reservist next door, who alternately cares for, excites, and exploits her.

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