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Never married, living with an Iraqi immigrant uncle, and working as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, thirty-nine-year-old Sirine finds her life turned upside down by a handsome Arabic literature professor who not only awakens unexpected feelings but alsostirs up memories of her parents and questions about her Arab American identity.
"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."
"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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