Crescent

Crescent

Book - 2003
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Thirty-nine-year-old Sirine, never married, lives with a devoted uncle and an adoring dog named King Babar in the Persian- and Arab-American community of Los Angeles known as Irangeles. She works as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, her passions aroused only by cooking--until an unbearably handsome Arabic literature professor starts dropping by for a little home cooking. Falling in love with Hanif brings Sirine's whole heart to a boil--stirring up memories of her parents and questions about her own identity as an Arab American.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2003
Description: 349 p. : 24 cm
ISBN: 9780393057478
039305747X
Branch Call Number: AbuJ

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morkoor
Jun 25, 2017

Excellent read. The author has seamlessly woven together cultural tales, present characters and their stories and the important connection food has in every cultural. Highly recommended. Lost a star because the story went in circles towards the end. The author seemed lost but greatfully was able to find her way to the finish.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 12, 2015

This delightful novel combines romance, folk tales and current events to illustrate the Arab-American immigrant experience. Set against the backdrop of a Los Angeles community of Iraqi exiles, the author suffuses her already beautiful story with dishes and aromas from the Middle East in her belief that food is one of the most immediate and convincing ways of explaining cultural experience to another person. You will love the characters in this novel.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

This delightful novel combines romance, folk tales and current events to illustrate the Arab-American immigrant experience. Set against the backdrop of a Los Angeles community of Iraqi exiles, the author suffuses her story with dishes and aromas from the Middle East in her belief that food is one of the most immediate and convincing ways of explaining cultural experience to another person.

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rahoward
Jul 25, 2012

A really beautiful and multi-layered love story.

NYCReid Sep 12, 2011

Enjoyable story of Iraqis in Iraq and America told with love and understanding.

Amandatoryrant May 03, 2011

Fabulous story and characters. Highly recommend!

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