9780393325546

Crescent

ISBN 10: 0393325547 / 0-393-32554-7
ISBN 13: 9780393325546
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

"Abu-Jaber's voluptuous prose features insights into the Arab American community that are wisely, warmly depicted."—San Francisco Chronicle
Thirty-nine-year-old Sirine, never married, lives with a devoted Iraqi-immigrant uncle and an adoring dog named King Babar. She works as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, her passions aroused only by the preparation of food—until an unbearably handsome Arabic literature professor starts dropping by for a little home cooking. Falling in love brings Sirene's whole heart to a boil—stirring up memories of her parents and questions about her identity as an Arab American.
Praised by critics from The New Yorker to USA Today for her first novel, Arabian Jazz ("an oracular tale that unfurls like gossamer"), Diana Abu-Jaber weaves with spellbinding magic a multidimensional love story set in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles.
Written in a lush, lyrical style reminiscent of The God of Small Things, infused with the flavors and scents of Middle Eastern food, and spiced with history and fable, Crescent is a sensuous love story and a gripping tale of risk and commitment.


Review:

"What might have been the stuff of any romance is forced into a powerful story about the loneliness of exile and the limits of love. Am impressive second outing by Abu-Jaber."

Kirkus, 02/01/2003

Review:

"Just as Virginia Woolf's classic work MRS. DALLOWAY...is more than a story about an upper-class woman preparing for a party, CRESCENT goes far beyond menu-planning. The big issues here are exile, identity and the transformative power of true love, with Saddam Hussein a sinister, looming presence throughout the book....[T]his is a story that unfolds beautifully, as lightly and naturally as a roll of silk."

Charlotte Innes, Nation, 06/16/2003

 

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