Through and Through: Toledo Stories

Through and Through: Toledo Stories

by Joseph Geha


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Through and Through: Toledo Stories by Joseph Geha

Treasured in the Arab-American literary community, Through and Through is a collection of ten broadly interrelated stories originally published in 1990. One of the first books of modern Arab American fiction, Geha's stories of­fer a warm, inspired portrait of an extended Arab family in a Lebanese and Syrian community in Toledo, Ohio, spanning the decades between the 1930s and the present.
In a series of vignettes, Geha follows three generations of an Arab-American family as they create a new community and way of life, struggling to keep their Arab roots vital while adapting their culture to new conditions. In "Holy Toledo," Nadia, "a tomboy in her dungarees," watches Ameri­can women come into her town to shop. Although she calls them silly, she "wished that she were one of them, returning with them into that huge strangeness, America, luring her despite the threat it seemed to hold of loss and vicious sickness." Portraying both the anguish and the humor of nego­tiating between the old world and the new, these stories offer a passionate, unvarnished glimpse into the lives of an immigrant community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815632108
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Born in Lebanon, Joseph Geha grew up in a Lebanese-American community in Toledo, Ohio. His short stories, poems, essays, and plays have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including the New York Times, Northwest Review, Epoch, Iowa Review, Dinazard's Children, and Post Gibran. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Geha is professor emeritus at Iowa State University.

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