Amreekiya

Amreekiya : A Novel

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Isra Shadi, a twenty-one-year-old woman of mixed Palestinian and white descent, lives in California with her paternal amu (uncle), amtu (aunt), and cousins after the death of her mother and abandonment by her father at a young age. Ever the outcast in her amu and amtu's household, they eagerly encourage Isra to marry and leave. After rejecting a string of undesirable suitors, she marries Yusef, an old love from her past.

In Amreekiya, author Lena Mahmoud deftly juggles two storylines, alternating between Isra's youth and her current life as a married twentysomething who is torn between cultures and trying to define herself. The chapters chronicle various moments in Isra's narrative, including the volatile relationship of her parents and the trials and joys of forging a partnership with Yusef. Mahmoud also examines Isra's first visit to Palestine, the effects of sexism, how language affects identity, and what it means to have a love that overcomes unbearable pain.

An exploration of womanhood from an underrepresented voice in American literature, Amreekiya is simultaneously unique and relatable. Featuring an authentic array of characters, Mahmoud's first novel is a much-needed story in a divided world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington, United States
  • English
  • 0813176379
  • 9780813176376
  • 70,550

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"Yusef and Isra's story is relevant for people worldwide. With poignant, beautiful writing, Mahmoud quickly draws readers into the novel, portraying all her characters with a sympathetic voice. A fantastic choice for book discussions and well worth a second reading." -- Library Journal (starred review)
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About Lena Mahmoud

Lena Mahmoud is a writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sinister Guru, KNOT Magazine, Pulp Literature, Dampen To Bend, and Sukoon. She was nominated for Pushcart Prizes for her story ""Al Walad"" and her essay ""The Psyche of a Palestinian-American Writer"" and was shortlisted for the OWT Fiction Prize.
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