ISBN-10: 0813176379

ISBN-13: 9780813176376

Isra Shadi, a twenty-one-year-old lady of combined Palestinian and white descent, lives in California along with her paternal amu (uncle), amtu (aunt), and cousins after the dying of her mom and abandonment by means of her father at a tender age. Ever the outcast in her amu and amtu's family, they eagerly motivate Isra to marry and depart. After rejecting a string of bad suitors, she marries Yusef, an outdated love from her past.

In Amreekiya, writer Lena Mahmoud deftly juggles storylines, alternating among Isra's formative years and her present existence as a married twentysomething who's torn among cultures and attempting to outline herself. The chapters chronicle numerous moments in Isra's narrative, together with the risky dating of her mom and dad and the rigors and joys of forging a partnership with Yusef. Mahmoud additionally examines Isra's first stopover at to Palestine, the results of sexism, how language impacts identification, and what it potential to have a love that overcomes insufferable pain.

An exploration of womanhood from an underrepresented voice in American literature, Amreekiya is concurrently detailed and relatable. that includes an real array of characters, Mahmoud's first novel is a much-needed tale in a divided world.

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