“[A] first novel of extraordinary brilliance.” – American Library Association
A novel about a childhood in the Middle East and America, from an exciting new voice
Randa Jarrar’s fresh, funny and fearless debut novel chronicles the coming-of-age of Nidali, one of the most unique and irrepressible narrators in contemporary fiction. Born in 1970s Boston, the rebellious Nidali—whose name is a feminization of the word “struggle”— soon moves to a very different life in Kuwait. There the family leads a mildly eccentric middle-class existence—until the Iraqi invasion drives them first to Egypt and then to Texas. This critically acclaimed debut novel is set to capture the hearts of everyone who’s ever wondered what their own map of home might look like.
US Hardcover: Other Press
US Paperback: Penguin
Italy: Piemme Edizioni
Germany: Hoffmann Und Campe
Israel: Kinneret Zmora