Crescent

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An Arab-American Chocolat—a sensual blend of food, love and longing.

Half-Iraqi, half-American Sirine is a cook at Nadia's Cafe, which draws the neighborhood's Arab students, expatriates, and exiles. All are hungry for "real true Arab food" and connection to their homes. One is Hanif Al Eyad, a new hire in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the university who fled Iraq as a young man. Sirine and Han fall in love over food: a baklava they ...

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Crescent: A Novel

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Overview


An Arab-American Chocolat—a sensual blend of food, love and longing.

Half-Iraqi, half-American Sirine is a cook at Nadia's Cafe, which draws the neighborhood's Arab students, expatriates, and exiles. All are hungry for "real true Arab food" and connection to their homes. One is Hanif Al Eyad, a new hire in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the university who fled Iraq as a young man. Sirine and Han fall in love over food: a baklava they make together, delicate lamb dishes, hummus glistening with olive oil.

Populated by colorful and memorable characters—the lovely Sirine; the handsome Han; Sirine's story-telling uncle, whose fantastic fables are woven into the novel; a poet named Aziz; Nadia and her daughter Mireille—Crescent explores the universal themes of love and loyalty to countries old and new, to those left behind, and to tradition. Some of the characters are learning to live in one country and let go of another, and some are not—a fact that sparks a surprising ending.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565117730
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 4/7/2003
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 2.73 (h) x 6.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Abu-Jaber

DIANA ABU-JABER is the author of Origin, Crescent, The Language of Baklava, and Arabian Jazz. She has won the PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction, the Oregon Book Award, and other prizes. Her writing appears in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Ms., Gourmet, Salon, and Vogue, and she is frequently featured on National Public Radio. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

NIKE DOUKAS has appeared in numerous plays including Cyrano de Bergerac, Major Barbara, Much Ado about Nothing, Everett Beekin, The Beard of Avon, Pygmalion, How the Other Half Loves, Arms and the Man and Green Icebergs. She has also performed at A Contemporary Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Doolittle Theatre, Shakespeare Festival/LA, American Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the California and VITA Shakespeare Festivals. Television and film credits include “Desperate Housewives,” “Almost Perfect,” “Without a Trace,” “Criminal Minds,” “Boston Legal,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” Little Girls in Pretty Boxes and Seven Girlfriends. Ms. Doukas has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater and is a member of The Antaeus Company.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Absolutely Refreshing

    I read this book for a class, and I have to say that she is an excellent writer. I loved her use of food as a metaphor for desire. She also has a great sense of descriptions, they are very unique. If you get a chance to buy this, please do. I know I won't be selling this book back at the end of the semester.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Jumped from the page

    Rarely does a book come along where you know by page 2 that this will be one of the best books you have ever read. Diana Abu Jaber's Crescent is that book.
    It is a sensual exploration of food, love and living in exile that jumps from the page and grabs your heart.
    Jaber writes "Chef's know-nothing lasts" "In the mouth and then gone." That sad fact is how I feel about Crescent. It was over too quick, but unlike the memory of that perfect taste that is near impossible to replicate, I will re-read Crescent to recapture the feeling of the perfect novel.

    Victoria Allman
    Author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey With Her Captain

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Very enjoyable read

    A good and distinctive work, full of poetic prose. This novel evokes a wonderful sense of culture and place and brings sensitively written accounts of human feelings and relationships. And the food! And the Arabian tales! And the stark realities of many aspects of the Middle East -- and the United States. And the twists and surprises as we come to know the characters. Eager to read more by Diana Abu-Jaber.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    Wonderful insight into Arab Americans

    I loved this book. It reminded me of Chocolat, Five Quarters of An Orange. The book has two stories happening simultaneously. The book allows the reader to gain insight into the beauty of the Arab world in America. I definatetly recommend it. It is a great book club book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    luscious, surprising, heady

    I don't know why this book isn't at the top of the charts-- it is AMAZING. Crescent moved me in a way that few books ever have-- and I've been reading for a long, long time. The subject is timely and important, but it's much more than a book about Iraqis-- its a book about PEOPLE. And love and food. I think it's entirely unique.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 15, 2014

    Apprentence den

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    The Oryx

    This is my story. I shall cherish it always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Scrumptious

    I saw this book in the sale annex and I wasn't sure about it, but desided to buy it based on the readers reviews. I am glad that I did. There are a lot of interesting characters. I love the story that Sirine's Uncle tells through out the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    loved, loved, loved it!

    The story of these two lovers is gorgeous! I think they will stay with me for a long, long time to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    Luscious on all Counts

    The story, the descriptions, the characters: all remain in my mind as when one is partaking of the best. They are rich and spicy and complex. The setting of a restaurant quite aptly provides the cornerstone for this marvelous description of life among an Arab American community. The dual perceptions of life from an American and international perspective add even more depth to this delightful, thought-provoking novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    A Bumpy Magic Carpet Ride

    The topic holds a lot of promise but doesn't deliver a home run. The author gives a glimpse of what it is like to be an Arab in the U.S. and in Iraq under Saddam H. The romance is predictable and has the overblown drama of a 30's- 40's movie romance. The pacing is also a unbalanced. You have to get through half of the book before you are introduced to the storyline's intrigue. The entire storyline unfolds and reaches resolution in the last 50 pages--events should have been better spaced out. Building empathy towards the issues Iraqis face without being preachy is this author's greatest achievement.

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