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A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
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Jan 21, 11

Read in January, 2011

Interesting and quick read about a girl, Nidali, born in Boston to a Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father. They move shortly thereafter to Kuwait and are driven out by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait when Nidali is 13. They flee to the family's summer home in Egypt then move to America (Texas)when Nidali is 14. All this serves as a backdrop to the real story which is the childhood and coming-of-age perspective of Nidali herself---we hear of the quirky interactions amongst the family members and the stories of her parents and grandparents. Stereotypical (or real?) depictions of the Palestinian father as physically and verbally abusive, Arabs as overly emotional with tearing their clothing, wailing and slapping their faces over anything upsetting (like what politician was just voted in)etc.
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