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When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern ...
When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state — taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba’s sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she’s back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother’s interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere.
Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.
Posted June 20, 2009
This novel by a Syrian American, Muslim woman is well worth reading. It is loosely autobiographical giving an insider point of view of what it is like growing up in a puritan home (in an attempt to create a utopian Islamic home and culture, whatever that means) in Indiana. The book is written for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It is an easier read for Muslims because of their familiarity with Arabic terms for prayer, charity, etc. I believe it is a bit of harder read for readers not familiar with Islam. It is a pity that the book does not have a glossary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.