The Time Between Places: Stories That Weave In and Out of Egypt and America

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University of Arkansas Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Fiction - 208 pages
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This collection of twenty stories delves into the lives of Egyptian characters, from those living in Egypt to those who have immigrated to the United States. With subtle and eloquent prose, the complexities of these characters are revealed, opening a door into their intimate struggles with identity and place. We meet people who are tempted by the possibilities of America and others who are tempted by the desire to return home. Some are in the throes of re-creating themselves in the new world while others seem to be embedded in the loss of their homeland. Many of these characters, although physically located in either the United States or Egypt, have lives that embrace both cultures. "A Game of Chance" follows the actions of a young man when he wins the immigration lottery and then must decide whether or not to change his life. "Cumin and Coriander" takes us inside a woman's thoughts as she tries to come to terms with the path her life has taken while working as a cook for American expatriates in Egypt. "The Top" enters the mind of a man whose immigration results in a loss of identity and sanity. These compelling stories pull us into the lives of many different characters and offer us striking insights into the Arab American experience.
 

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Contents

The New World BY SUSAN MUADDI DARRAJ
3
Airport BY PAULINE KALDAS
19
InCountry BY RABIH ALAMEDDINE
27
How We Are Bound BY PATRICIA SARRAFIAN WARD
67
News from Phoenix BYJOSEPH GEHA
83
Edge of Rock BY MAY MANSOOR MUNN
99
My Elizabeth BY DIANA ABUJABER
135
Oh Lebanon BY EVELYN SHAKIR
157
The Wedding Night BY ZAHIE EL KOURI
189
Distances BY HEDY HABRA
203
A Day at the Beach BY ALIA YUNIS
287
Became My Mothers Daughter BY LAILA LALAMI
297
Sugar in Amman BY AMAL MASRI
315
Lost in Freakin Yonkers BY RANDAJARRAR
327
He Had Dreamed of Returning BY PAULINE KALDAS
341
Contributors
393

And What Else? BYJOSEPH GEHA
171
Stage Directions for an Extended Conversation BY YUSSEF EL GUINDI
183

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Pauline Kaldas was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States in 1992. She is an associate professor of English at Hollins University and the author of Letters from Cairo; a poetry collection, Egyptian Compass; and co-editor, with Khaled Mattawa, of Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction, now in its second edition, which won the 2005 Silver Award in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year "Anthology" category. Stories from The Time between Places have appeared in a variety of journals and books, including Callaloo, Mizna, and Ripe Guava.

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