A Curious Land



Susan Muaddi Darraj S Short Story Collection About The Inhabitants Of A Palestinian West Bank Village, Tel Al Hilou, Spans Generations And Continents To Explore Ideas Of Memory, Belonging, Connection, And, Ultimately, The Deepest And Richest Meaning Of Home A Curious Land Gives Voice To The Experiences Of Palestinians In The Last Century American Library Association BOOKLIST This Year S Grace Paley Award, Aka The AWP Association Of Writers And Writing Programs Award, Completely Overcomes The Effete Image That Sometimes Demeans It Darraj Writes Traditional, Tragic Love Stories Set Among Orthodox Palestinians During Periods Of Historical Unrest, For Example, 1916, 1936, 1966, 1978, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, And 1998 Therefore, She Charts The Exit Of The British And Rise Of The Israelis, And The Palestinians Are On The Bloody End Of The Stick, But Darraj Keeps History In The Background And Instead Portrays Ordinary People In The Impoverished Village Of Tel Al Hilou In Rocky Soil, Sweethearts Are Torn Apart When A Family Woos An American Visitor With Their Daughter, Eveline The Boy Left Behind, Emad, Internalizes His Jilting And Becomes A Miserly Workaholic, Holding Several Jobs, Winning A Degree In Economics Then Eveline, Divorced, Broken, And With A Little Daughter In Tow, Returns Equally Moving Is The Well, About The Middle Daughter Of Three, Amira, Who Disdains The Usual, Vital Path Of Marriage, Apprenticing Herself To A Wise Nun She Intends To Become A Nun Herself, But When Her Aunt Dies In Childbirth, Leaving Her Poor Uncle With Five Children To Care For, Amira Realizes What God Intends For Her A Superb Collection And A Perfect Selection For Public Libraries John MortA Curious Land

Susan Muaddi Darraj won the 2016 American Book Award for her novel in stories, A Curious Land Stories from Home Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in New York Stories, Orchid Literary Review, Banipal, Mizna, al Jadid, and several anthologies Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was honored by the U.S State Department s Arabic Book Program She is a recipie

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • A Curious Land
  • Susan Muaddi Darraj
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 9781625341877

10 thoughts on “A Curious Land

  1. says:

    Awesome recommend to anyone I love short stories that can stand alone but also link together This book was a wonderful read I couldn t put it down.

  2. says:

    I love books of connected short stories, but they re so often miss than hit This is not one of those, probably because the author wisely centered it, not around a person, but a town And she wasn t constrained by time or even space the book take...

  3. says:

    What did I think I loved it, Goodreads, I loved it Full disclosure, though I went to school with the author Still, I don t read or like just anything, and in fact I tend to go for thrillers or mysteries or straight horror But A Curious Land gripped me from the start Darraj weaves a complex literal tapestry of one ...

  4. says:

    Worth the read Love the characters and following their lives

  5. says:

    An engaging set of somewhat loosely interlocking narratives These stories follow interesting people who find themselves in situations that feel so true to character and unfold so effortlessly they almost don t feel shaped at all this is a compliment Given that they are mostly set in a small Palestinian village, these stories offer especially to someone like me, who knows very little about this part of the world insight into a different culture while demons...

  6. says:

    I loved A CURIOUS LAND The stories are masterfully linked by their characters, members of a single village whose tales intertwine and overlap in epic, unexpected ways over the course of several generations, creating a rich, multi faceted portrait of a Palestinian family A collection I can t wait ...

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