Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction

Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction

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Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction by Pauline Kaldas

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 all—and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557289124
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication date: 11/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 830,292
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 Bound1
The New World15
A Frame for the Sky31
Lost in Freakin' Yonkers43
Oh, Lebanon57
Fire and Sand73
News from Phoenix87
And What Else?103
The Salad Lady115
The Coal Bin121
Manar of Hama129
The Spiced Chicken Queen of Mickaweaquah, Iowa137
Stage Directions for an Extended Conversation155
It's Not about That161
Edge of Rock185
Shakespeare in the Gaza Strip197
Arabic Lessons207
The Temptation of Lugman Abdallah225
First Snow255
The Hike to Heart Rock265
The American Way281
My Elizabeth295
Contributors' Notes313
Selected Bibliography of Arab American Literature319

What People are Saying About This

Charles Johnson

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

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