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A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
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Jan 01, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2010

A raw tale of transplantation and the development of identity. This book adds little new to the writings on immigrants (such as that by Jhumpa Lahiri) but is one of the first of these sorts of novels aimed at young adults. The emotional range of the book is vivid and cultivates emotions that strongly mimic adolescence. The protagonist is endearing and familiar and her journey from Kuwait to Egypt to America is riveting and mostly hilarious. Fair warning though, the tone can be shaky as intense and depressing moments flutter between cheerful and light ones. Though this inconsistency can be disconcerting, it is mostly realistic and Jarrar adequately captures the moments of one particular girls journey to adulthood and home.
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