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A Map of Home: A Novel

Authors: Jarrar, Randa
Publisher: Other Press
BISAC/Subject: FIC044000, FIC016000, FIC043000
ISBN: 9781590513279, Related ISBNs: 1590512723, 1590513274, 9781590512722, 9781590513279
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 304,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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.
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