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

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Pauline Kaldas, Khaled Mattawa
University of Arkansas Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Fiction - 404 pages
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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.
 

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In the broadening canon of American literature, Arab American writers have been overlooked. Only in the last few years has there been a keen interest in things Middle Eastern; with that comes the ... Read full review

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Contents

THE NEW WORLD
3
AIRPORT
19
INCOUNTRY
27
EASY TO SAY
51
HOW WE ARE BOUND
67
CROSSCULTURAL ENCOUNTERS
81
NEWS FROM PHOENIX
83
EDGE OF ROCK
99
HAIR PRAYER AND MEN
225
OHIO
241
MARYAM AND MARISA
251
ITS NOT ABOUT THAT
275
LOOKING HOMEWARD
285
A DAY AT THE BEACH
287
HOW I BECAME MY MOTHERS DAUGHTER
297
MARIAM
303

MANAR OF HAMA
111
THE SALAD LADY
119
THE COAL BIN
125
MY ELIZABETH
135
RELATIONSHIPS
155
OH LEBANON
157
AND WHAT ELSE?
171
STAGE DIRECTIONS FOR AN EXTENDED CONVERSATION
183
THE WEDDING NIGHT
189
DISTANCES
203
POLITICS
223
SUGAR IN AMMAN
315
SHAPING IDENTITIES
325
LOST IN FREAKIN YONKERS
327
HE HAD DREAMED OF RETURNING
341
FIRST SNOW
357
THE FIFTYFOOT WOMAN
367
THE LEBANONDETROIT EXPRESS
375
THE AMERICAN WAY
379
CONTRIBUTORS
393
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CONTEMPORARY ARAB AMERICAN LITERATURE
401
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About the author (2009)

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.

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