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THE INHERITANCE OF EXILE: STORIES FORM SOUTH PHILLY (Paperback)
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THE INHERITANCE OF EXILE: STORIES FORM SOUTH PHILLY (Paperback)

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Paperback 196 Pages / Published: 30/06/2007
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In The Inheritance of Exile, Susan Muaddi Darraj expertly weaves a tapestry of the events and struggles in the lives of four Arab-American women. Hanan, Nadia, Reema, and Aliyah search for a meaningful sense of home, caught in the cultural gap that exists between the Middle East and the United States.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268035037
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 220 x 172 x 14 mm


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Darraj succeeds admirably in suggesting the diversity of Palestinian-Americans: the four friends Nadia, Aliyah, Hanan and Reema each comes from a family with its own story of exile. . . . There s a passionate sense here of inheritance as a two-way street that transforms immigrants and their children. . . . Publishers Weekly"
Though many readers have responded to the political identity of her characters (who are mostly Palestinian Christian), Darraj says that these [are] Arab-American women looking for their identities, but they're also looking at how other immigrants deal with cultural clashes. I think that any kind of ethnic community that has specific traditions and values-that tries to relate to American society-can relate to these stories. Philadelphia City Paper"
It's really a book about two generations of women. Each story focuses on a different woman, but they are all linked together. It reads like a novel. If you think of Amy Tan and The Joy Luck Club, it's a similar structure. South Philly Review"
What makes Susan Muaddi Darraj's collection of short stories so rewarding in ways that a novel cannot be is that this book is a collection not only of short stories but also of perspectives, of parts that accumulate into a whole. Potomac Review"
"Darraj succeeds admirably in suggesting the diversity of Palestinian-Americans: the four friends Nadia, Aliyah, Hanan and Reema each comes from a family with its own story of exile. . . . There's a passionate sense here of inheritance as a two-way street that transforms immigrants and their children. . . ." --Publishers Weekly
"Though many readers have responded to the political identity of her characters (who are mostly Palestinian Christian), Darraj says that "these [are] Arab-American women looking for their identities, but they're also looking at how other immigrants deal with cultural clashes. I think that any kind of ethnic community that has specific traditions and values-that tries to relate to American society-can relate to these stories." --Philadelphia City Paper
"It's really a book about two generations of women. Each story focuses on a different woman, but they are all linked together. It reads like a novel. If you think of Amy Tan and The Joy Luck Club, it's a similar structure." --South Philly Review
"What makes Susan Muaddi Darraj's collection of short stories so rewarding--in ways that a novel cannot be--is that this book is a collection not only of short stories but also of perspectives, of parts that accumulate into a whole." --Potomac Review

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