A Map Of Home Randa Jarrar Pdf


A MAP OF HOME

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by Randa Jarrar USA. 304 pages.



2008. sparkling debut about an audacious Muslim girl growing up in Kuwait, Egypt and Texas is intimate, perceptive and very, very funny. Nidali Ammar is born in Boston to a Greek-Egyptian mother and a Palestinian father, and moves to Kuwait at a very young age, staying in Kuwait, rounding out a family of complex citizenships. During the occupation, the family flees to Alexandria in a wacky caravan, bribing Texas. At first, Nidali is disappointed to learn that feeling rootless other American girls, a reality that only her father may find difficult to accept.


parental expectations, precarious friendships, sensuality and first this a standout.

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A first-time novelist offers a fictional take on her own complex heritage.









half-Egyptian. In addition to this mixed-up background, Nidali has an American passport and a precociously peripatetic personal history. Born in Boston, Nidali grows up in Kuwait, but her family flees to Egypt during the 1990 Iraqi invasion. By the time she lands in Texas, Nidali has become a seasoned traveler, and, wherever she goes, she carries with her a keen awareness of her inescapable difference.


political uncertainty and war, but it is also, essentially, a typical positively heroic in her refusal to employ easy sentimentality or cheap pathos. Nidali is a misfit living through calamitous times, but Jarrar understands that all adolescents feel like misfits living through calamitous times. The political is always personal for Nidali. For her, bombs dropping on Kuwait mean that nobody remembers her 13th birthday. As her family drives across Iraq on their way to Egypt, she writes a letter to Saddam Hussein complaining that his invasion has separated her from her boyfriend. And, ultimately, international between her and her Baba on subjects like curfew and college.




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in Kuwait, Egypt and Texas is intimate, perceptive and very, very funny. Nidali Ammar is born in Boston to a Greek-Egyptian mother and a Palestinian father, and moves to Kuwait at a very young age, staying in Kuwait, rounding out a family of complex citizenships.







During the occupation, the family flees to Alexandria in a wacky caravan, bribing Texas. At first, Nidali is disappointed to learn that feeling rootless other American girls, a reality that only her father may find difficult to accept. Jarrar explores familiar adolescent

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



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Jarrar is a novelist, short story writer, and translator. A Map of Home, her critically acclaimed debut novel, won the 2009 Arab American Book Award as well as the Hopwood and Geoffrey James Gosling Awards at the University of Michigan, where Jarrar received her MFA.


The novel will also be published in Taiwan, Germany, Israel, China, and Italy. Jarrar was born in Chicago, but grew up in Kuwait and Egypt until returning to the U.S. after the first Gulf War. She entered Sarah Lawrence College at 16, became a single mom at 18, and by the age of a novel. Moved to Texas, won the Million Writers Award and has been widely anthologized.


Her other award-winning short stories have appeared in the Oxford American, Ploughshares, Hunger Mountain, and Duck and Herring, as well as other online and printed anthologies. Jarrar is also a translator of Arabic fiction, with publications that Breadmaking Machine. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is working on a collection of stories and a new novel about a young single mother and her magical son.

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