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West of the Jordan
by Halaby


Overview - A poignant novel of four Arab women; the first Bluestreak original
This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of girls struggling with national, ethnic, and sexual identities.
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Overview
A poignant novel of four Arab women; the first Bluestreak original
This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of girls struggling with national, ethnic, and sexual identities. Mawal is the stable one, living steeped in the security of Palestinian traditions in the West Bank. Hala is torn between two worlds--in love in Jordan, drawn back to the world she has come to love in Arizona. Khadija is terrified by the sexual freedom of her American friends, but scarred, both literally and figuratively, by her father's abusive behavior. Soraya is lost in trying to forge an acceptable life in a foreign yet familiar land, in love with her own uncle, and unable to navigate the fast culture of California youth. Interweaving their stories, allowing us to see each cousin from multiple points of view, Halaby creates a compelling and entirely original story, a window into the rich and complicated Arab world.
Laila Halaby is the daughter of a Jordanian father and an American mother. She speaks four languages, won a Fulbright scholarship to study folklore in Jordan, and holds a master's in Arabic literature. She lives with her family in Tucson, Arizona.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807083598
  • ISBN-10: 0807083593
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: June 2003
  • Page Count: 188
  • Dimensions: 8.02 x 5.41 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds

Series: Bluestreak

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