Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Book Arrival: A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

The publisher, Penguin Books, generously sent me a copy of A Map of Home for review.

From America to the Middle East and back again— the sparkling story of one girl's childhood, by an exciting new voice in literary fiction

In this fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel, Randa Jarrar chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, the rebellious Nidali—whose name is a feminization of the word "struggle"—soon moves to a very different life in Kuwait. There the family leads a mildly eccentric middle-class existence until the Iraqi invasion drives them first to Egypt and then to Texas. This critically acclaimed debut novel is set to capture the hearts of everyone who has ever wondered what their own map of home might look like.


Zara said...

Ooh, looks good. I look forward to reading a review.

Teddy Rose said...

I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds great. I look forward to your review!

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