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Crescent: A Novel

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"Abu-Jaber's voluptuous prose features insights into the Arab American community that are wisely, warmly depicted."—San Francisco ChronicleSirine, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“Radiant, wise and passionate...a book written by an author who never for an instant relinquished her grip on this willingly enchanted reader.”— Beth Kephart
Christian Science Monitor
“Readers stuffed on headlines but still hungering for something relevant will enjoy this rich meal.”
Orlando Sentinel
“A pleasing hybrid of Like Water for Chocolate and Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
The Baltimore Sun
Crescent is a rich, delicious concoction that has you rooting for the star-crossed lovers.”— John Muncie
Beth Kephart - Chicago Tribune
“Radiant, wise and passionate...a book written by an author who never for an instant relinquished her grip on this willingly enchanted reader.”
Beth Kephart - Book Magazine
“Gorgeously written and deeply imagined, this novel is both a fable and a plea—a book that weaves a hypnotic, lasting spell.”
Andrea Spencer - Oregonian
“[A] lovely tale...an urgent mix of Scheherazade-style storytelling and treatise on the loneliness of exile.”
Connie May Fowler
“Lush, poignant, and searing...unfolds with all the startling beauty of a hidden garden.”
Sena Jeter Naslund
“Abu-Jaber affirms the precious fragility of life, love, family, and the human community in meaningful ways.”
Naomi Shihab Nye
“Abu-Jaber is a high-spirited, magnificently graceful storyteller, a poet of deliciously fluted fiction, character, and culture.”
Andria Spencer - Oregonian
“A bewitching and timely novel about Iraq, love and the loneliness of exile....a novel at once timely and timeless.”
John Muncie - The Baltimore Sun
“Crescent is a rich, delicious concoction that has you rooting for the star-crossed lovers.”
Sigrid Nunez
“It is a story about how to cook and how to eat, and how to live in the new country. And, like all good novels, it is about how to tell a story.”
Whitney Otto
“Romantic, whimsical and wonderful in every way, being both sensuous and smart. I want to hang out all day at Nadia's Cafe.”
Oregonian
“A bewitching and timely novel about Iraq, love and the loneliness of exile....a novel at once timely and timeless.”— Andria Spencer
Booklist
“Starred Review. Abu-Jaber's language is miraculous....It is not possible to stop reading.”
The Nation
“A story that unfolds beautifully, as lightly and naturally as a roll of silk.”
Vanity Fair
“A deliciously romantic romp.”
Book Magazine
“Gorgeously written and deeply imagined, this novel is both a fable and a plea—a book that weaves a hypnotic, lasting spell.”— Beth Kephart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574905571
  • Publisher: Beeler, Thomas T. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Large Print Ser.
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, and The Language of Baklava. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, the New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

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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.

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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

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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.

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    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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