Crescent

Crescent

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Never married, living with an Iraqi-immigrant uncle and devoted dog, and working as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, thirty-nine-year-old Sirine finds her life turned upside down by a handsome Arabic literature professor who not only awakens unexpected feelings but also stirs up memories of her parents and questions about her Arab-American identity. By the author of Arabian Jazz. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
"Abu-Jaber's voluptuous prose features insights into the Arab American community that are wisely, warmly depicted."—San Francisco Chronicle
Sirine, the heroine of this "deliciously romantic romp" (Vanity Fair) is thirty-nine, never married, and living in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles. She has a passion for cooking and works contentedly in a Lebanese restaurant, while her storytelling uncle and her saucy boss, Umm Nadia, believe she should be trying harder to find a husband. One day Hanif, a handsome professor of Arabic literature, an Iraqi exile, comes to the restaurant. Sirine falls in love and finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about Hanif, as well as her own torn identity as an Arab-American.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393325546
0393325547
9780393057478
039305747X
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 25 cm.

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morkoor
Jun 25, 2017

Excellent read. The author has seamlessly woven together cultural tales, present characters and their stories and the important connection food has in every cultural. Highly recommended. Lost a star because the story went in circles towards the end. The author seemed lost but greatfully was able to find her way to the finish.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 12, 2015

This delightful novel combines romance, folk tales and current events to illustrate the Arab-American immigrant experience. Set against the backdrop of a Los Angeles community of Iraqi exiles, the author suffuses her already beautiful story with dishes and aromas from the Middle East in her belief that food is one of the most immediate and convincing ways of explaining cultural experience to another person. You will love the characters in this novel.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

This delightful novel combines romance, folk tales and current events to illustrate the Arab-American immigrant experience. Set against the backdrop of a Los Angeles community of Iraqi exiles, the author suffuses her story with dishes and aromas from the Middle East in her belief that food is one of the most immediate and convincing ways of explaining cultural experience to another person.

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rahoward
Jul 25, 2012

A really beautiful and multi-layered love story.

NYCReid Sep 12, 2011

Enjoyable story of Iraqis in Iraq and America told with love and understanding.

Amandatoryrant May 03, 2011

Fabulous story and characters. Highly recommend!

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