Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American FictionAn Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction

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In The Thousand and One Nights it is ShahrazadÂ's sister, Dinarzad, who each night asks for a story. This collection of twenty-four modern tales by eighteen authors offers up a mix of previously published and new works, creating a literary road map to Arab American literature today.
Here authors of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Egyptian, and Libyan descent, some with established reputations, others new young writers, tell tales about Muslims and Christians, recent immigrants and fully assimilated Americans, teenagers and grandmothers, guerillas and peaceniks, professors, housewives, grocers, bookies, those who long for their homeland, and those who refuse to speak Arabic. A number of the stories center on conflicts between immigrants and their American-born children. Others wrestle openly with topics such as in-group stereotyping, domestic violence, familial discord, and other difficult issues. But what sets this literature apart from other ethnic literatures is its tendency to keep an eye on the overseas political situation. By turns sassy or lyrical, biting or humorous, always moving, the stories in this collection are good reading and an important contribution to the body of ethnic American literature.

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Silver Award, Anthologies Category ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards

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"Dinarzad's Children is a powerful antidote for the cultural ignorance most of us have about the complex humanity of our fellow Arab American citizens. If we open ourselves to the treasure-trove of stories assembled here by Kaldas and Mattawa, that ignorance might not prove to be fatal because the galaxy of rich characters in this important collection--all of them new to our literature--will forever change our perception and deepen our empathy for those of Middle Eastern descent."--Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage

"Filled with diverse riches, this important anthology reminds us of the core values of literature--giving voice, and furthering understanding. Remarkable, enlightening, essential reading."--Peter Ho Davies, author of Equal Love and The Ugliest House in the World: Stories

"Listen to this ring of Arab American voices. In our era of border crossing they draw us through memories, dreams, reflections, the haunting search for home."--Meena Alexander, author of Fault Lines: A Memoir and Illiterate Heart

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