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Arabian Jazz by Diana Abu-Jaber
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Jul 01, 08

bookshelves: re-reading
Recommended to Tarn by: Betty Broderick, my freshman American lit professor
Read in July, 2008

I first read this book in college, and Diana Abu-Jaber has since become one of my very favorite fiction authors, perhaps my very favorite contemporary author. It's a kick to go back and re-read this, her first novel, after having been blown away by her other work since, and having had the chance to meet her at Wordstock this past fall, where she was awesome and thoughtful and friendly and insightful and became one of my real-life heroes as well as my literary ones.

Is there a more beautiful description of a mother's long fingers than "they brushed through her hair like candles." Warm and weird and gentle and beautiful...her writing gives me chills!
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