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Posted July 6, 2010
Hilarious multicultural novel...
The reviewer below would have us believe this novel is drenched with inappropriate sexual descriptions, but this is not the case. It's not any more inappropriate than similar novels men have been writing for centuries - Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, Michael Chabon, etc. Finally here's a woman discussing the same topics, and this writer freaks out and says this somehow makes her too masculine? It's a coming-of-age story about a girl with a very unique cultural background-- she's half Palestinian and Egyptian, with a Christian grandmother and Muslim parents, an American passport, growing up in Kuwait at the time of the first Gulf War. The authorial presence is terrific, the narrator is hilarious, and readers will see how nuanced and complex Muslim families can be. Approach it with a little open-mindedness and try to learn something about how complicated, touching, funny, and messy growing up amid different worlds can be. Jarrar is a terrific writer, and I can't wait to read more from her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.