Towelhead: A Novel (Paperback)
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Towelhead: A Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/04/2006
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It is August 1990. Saddam Hussein has just invaded Kuwait, and Jasira's mother has bought her daughter a one-way ticket to Texas to live with her strict Lebanese father. Living in a neat model home in Charming Gates, just outside of Houston, Jasira struggles with her father's rigid lifestyle and the racism of her classmates, who call her "towelhead." For the first time, the painful truth hits her: she's an Arab. Her aching loneliness and growing frustration with her parents' conflicting rules drive her to rebel in very dangerous ways. Most disturbingly, she becomes sexually obsessed with the bigoted army reservist next door, who alternately cares for, excites, and exploits her.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780743285124
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 210 x 166 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Alicia Erian is one of the finest young writers to come along in a decade -- fierce, smart, funny, and wise. And Towelhead is an extraordinary debut novel. It's sexy, disturbing, joyful and deep, and maybe just a little too real for comfort."
-- Bill Roorbach, author of Big Bend and The Smallest Color
"Alicia Erian's gripping debut novel fearlessly enters love's gray areas and darkest corners. The character's voice casts a slow and subtle spell. Before you know it, you're convinced the bad guys are good guys and the heroes are villains. I couldn't put it down."
-- Cathy Day, author of The Circus in Winter
"Alicia Erian's unflinching depiction of a teen's survival is accurate and artful, and it offers a glimpse of true triumph. This marvelous book further confirms Erian as a writer to admire."
-- Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy
"In Towelhead Alicia Erian accomplishes an extraordinarily difficult thing: She illuminates a timeless, ageless theme, our inevitable human struggle for selfhood and meaningful connection to others. This is a brilliant first novel."
-- Robert Olen Butler

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