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Crescent
     

Crescent

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by Diana Abu-Jaber
 

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ISBN-10: 0393325547

ISBN-13: 9780393325546

Pub. Date: 05/10/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393325546
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
398
Sales rank:
344,996
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Crescent 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
VictoriaAllman More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Habeebti More than 1 year ago
This is my story. I shall cherish it always.
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