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AUTHOR: Randa Jarrar 
PUBLISHER: Other Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2008
PAGES: 304
ISBN:
9781590512722
AWARDS: Hopwood Award, Arab American Book Award for Fiction (2009), Million Writers Award, Geoffrey James Gosling Prize

Publisher’s Description

Nidali narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt, and her family’s last flight to Texas, offering a humorous, sharp but loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family.

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to where she and her family fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family’s last flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a sharp, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family, and this perspective keeps her buoyant through the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of going through a checkpoint on a visit to her father’s home in the West Bank; the fights with her father, who wants her to become a famous professor and stay away from boys; the end of her childhood as Iraq invades Kuwait on her thirteenth birthday; and the scare she gives her family when she runs away from home.

Inclusion Criteria

A main character (Nidali) is attracted to multiple genders.

Library Notes

Hardback. Purchased used by the library with founder’s funds.