Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A MAP OF HOME: PREVIEW & GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
A MAP OF HOME

BY RANDA JARAR

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to where she and her family fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's last flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a sharp, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family, and this perspective keeps her buoyant through the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of going through a checkpoint on a visit to her father's home in the West Bank; the fights with her father, who wants her to become a famous professor and stay away from boys; the end of her childhood as Iraq invades Kuwait on her thirteenth birthday; and the scare she gives her family when she runs away from home.

Funny, charming, and heartbreaking, A Map of Home is the kind of book Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn would have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and female in the 1970s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Randa Jarrar was born in Chicago in 1978. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved back to the U.S. at thirteen. She is a writer and translator whose honors include the Million Writers Award, the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Award and the Geoffrey James Gosling Prize. Her fiction has appeared in Ploughshares as well as in numerous journals and anthologies. Her translations from the Arabic have appeared in Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers; recently, she translated Hassan Daoud's novel, The Year of the Revolutionary New Bread-Making Machine. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A Map of Home is her first novel. Visit Randa online at rockslinga.blogspot.com.
THE GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO GABRIELLE AT THE
PENGUIN GROUP, I HAVE TWO
COPIES OF THIS AMAZING BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY

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holdenj said...

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traveler said...

The book The Making of Iraq is on her desk for research purposes as well as a bar of soap from Nablus. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Neas Nuttiness said...

A wrapped cube of Nablus soap, all the way from Palestine.

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Bonus Entry:
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