In between enjoying beautiful thanksgiving and leftover meals, freaking out about Mumbai, and watching season one of the Wire, I spent the long weekend primping my Winter college class, titled Arab American Women’s Fiction. The syllabus has been a joy to put together; it includes writing by Alia Yunis, Mohja Kahf, Diana Abu-Jaber, and many others, including authors that lend an interesting comparative perspective (writers like Jane Bowles, who lived in Morocco, and Marguerite Duras, and Mary Gaitskill, all of whom know how to write about damaged women exquisitely). I’m really excited about this opportunity…
In book news, A Map of Home is reviewed in Bust Magazine this month; another lovely review. A snippet:
Nidali’s voice is a winning combination of the detailed observations of a wannabe writer and the snark of an acerbic adolescent, and with her as a tour guide, readers won’t need a map through this spectacular fresh and funny debut novel.
My last stop of the tour for the year is at Seattle’s Elliott Bay on the 13th. Please come by!