Angela Tehaan Leone's debut novel, Swimming Toward the Light, depicts a Lebanese immigrant family in Washington, D.C.in the 1950s and gives us entrée into the male-dominated, independence stifling culture where female roles were rigidly prescribed. While the three older children liberated themselves by leaving home, the two youngest daughters, Lottie and Irene, were left to endure their parents' repressions and Mama's despotic regime. With unflinching candor, the narrative moves toward an unexpected and devastating conclusion.
About the Author
Angela Tehaan Leone is a prize-winning fiction writer, poet, and teacher of English and dramatic arts. She is an active member of Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI). She lives in McLean, Va.
What People are Saying About This
Leone brings a heartbreaking sensitivity to her story and the authority of a true witness. (Joseph Geha, Through and Through: Toledo Stories)
Sue William Silverman
An unflinching and powerful debut novel.