The first edition of Dinarzad’s Children was a groundbreaking and popular anthology that brought to light the growing body of short fiction being written by Arab Americans. This expanded edition includes sixteen new stories thirty in alland new voices and is now organized into sections that invite readers to enter the stories from a variety of directions. Here are stories that reveal the initial adjustments of immigrants, the challenges of forming relationships, the political nuances of being Arab American, the vision directed towards homeland, and the ongoing search for balance and identity. The contributors are D. H. Melhem, Mohja Khaf, Rabih Alameddine, Rawi Hage, Laila Halaby, Patricia Sarrafian Ward, Alia Yunis, Diana Abu Jaber, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Samia Serageldin, Alia Yunis, Joseph Geha, May Monsoor Munn, Frances Khirallah Nobel, Nabeel Abraham, Yussef El Guindi, Hedy Habra, Randa Jarrar, Zahie El Kouri, Amal Masri, Sahar Mustafah, Evelyn Shakir, David Williams, Pauline Kaldas, and Khaled Mattawa.
|Publisher:||University of Arkansas Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Pauline Kaldas is assistant professor of English and creative writing at Hollins University. She was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States in 1969. She is the author of Letters from Cairo and Egyptian Compass.
Khaled Mattawa, a 2014 MacArthur fellow, is associate professor Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was born in Libya and immigrated to the United States in 1979. He is the author of four books of poetry and a number of translations of contemporary Arab poetry. His work has won two Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from the Academy of American Poets, PEN, and NEA.
Table of Contents
|How We Are Bound||1|
|The New World||15|
|A Frame for the Sky||31|
|Lost in Freakin' Yonkers||43|
|Fire and Sand||73|
|News from Phoenix||87|
|And What Else?||103|
|The Salad Lady||115|
|The Coal Bin||121|
|Manar of Hama||129|
|The Spiced Chicken Queen of Mickaweaquah, Iowa||137|
|Stage Directions for an Extended Conversation||155|
|It's Not about That||161|
|Edge of Rock||185|
|Shakespeare in the Gaza Strip||197|
|The Temptation of Lugman Abdallah||225|
|The Hike to Heart Rock||265|
|The American Way||281|
|Selected Bibliography of Arab American Literature||319|
What People are Saying About This
DINARZAD'S CHILDREN is a powerful antidote for the cultural ignorance most of us have about the complex humanity of our fellow Arab American citizens.
If we open ourselves to the treasure-trove of stories assembled here by
Kaldas and Mattawa, that ignorance might not prove to be fatal because the
galaxy of rich characters in this important collection-all of them new to
our literature-will forever change our perception and deepen our empathy
for those of Middle Eastern descent.
National Book Award winning author of MIDDLE PASSAGE