A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

By Randa Jarrar

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mom and a Palestinian father, narrates the tale of her adolescence in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to the place she and her kin fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's final flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a pointy, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family members, and this angle retains her buoyant in the course of the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of dealing with a checkpoint on a trip to her father's domestic within the West financial institution; the fights along with her father, who desires her to develop into a recognized professor and avoid boys; the tip of her formative years as Iraq invades Kuwait on her 13th birthday; and the scare she offers her family members while she runs clear of home.

Funny, fascinating, and heartbreaking, A Map of house is the type of publication Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn could have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and feminine within the Nineteen Seventies.

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