Towelhead

Towelhead

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A painfully funny, shocking, tender and redemptive novel about a girl failed by her parents, and trying to find the love she needs.When Jasira's mother discovers her boyfriend's feelings for her thirteen-year-old daughter, she packs Jasira off to Houston, Texas, to live with the Daddy she barely knows. Her father is a remote figure, unable to show his daughter the love she craves, and still less able to handle her feelings about her changing body, which Jasira begins to suspect disgusts him. School is a lonely place for a 'towelhead' in the run up to the first Gulf War, and when her father meets, and forbids her to see, her boyfriend, Jasira has to look elsewhere for affection. She begins her search close to home, with a neighbour, Mr Vuoso: a man with an extensive collection of Playboy, who doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with Jasira's body at all...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 35mm | 506g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747270678
  • 9780747270676

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'An arch, coyly sexy book that's as nervy as its title! Erian gives this gutsy book its full share of unthinkable questions' -- New York Times 'Sexy, sad and subtly written! a ferociously funny, tartly individual voice' -- Scotland on Sunday 'At once innocent and knowing, childlike and sinister' -- Independentshow more

About Alicia Erian

Alicia Erian was born in the US to Arab American parents. She is the author of the acclaimed collection of stories, THE BRUTAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE. TOWELHEAD is her first novel.show more

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3,380 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 19% (659)
4 37% (1,264)
3 29% (978)
2 11% (360)
1 4% (119)
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