This bears repeating: I am so in love with The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine. I’m not finished reading it, but I can say with confidence that this is the novel I have been waiting to read for years. It offers the best of so many worlds: it’s an American novel, an Arab novel, and an Arab American novel; it’s fantasy, history, humor, war-reportage, family saga, sexuality. It’s an absolute gem. Please, please, please, read it. Now.