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Arabian jazz

Author: Diana Abu-Jaber
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Here is the hyphenated-American story told with a sense of humor and bitter-sweet love. Set in a small poor-white community in upstate New York, where "ethnics" are few and far between, it is the story of the Ramoud family: Matussem, his two daughters, Melvina and Jemorah, his sister, Fatima, and her husband, Zaeed."--BOOK JACKET. "Matussem loves American jazz standards, Arab folktales, lawn ornaments, and - above  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Oregon authors
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Abu-Jaber
ISBN: 0151078629 9780151078622
OCLC Number: 27010554
Awards: Oregon Book Award for Fiction, 1994.
Description: 374 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Diana Abu-Jaber.

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"Here is the hyphenated-American story told with a sense of humor and bitter-sweet love. Set in a small poor-white community in upstate New York, where "ethnics" are few and far between, it is the story of the Ramoud family: Matussem, his two daughters, Melvina and Jemorah, his sister, Fatima, and her husband, Zaeed."--BOOK JACKET. "Matussem loves American jazz standards, Arab folktales, lawn ornaments, and - above all else in the world - his daughters. Fatima, the truest representative of the Old World in the New, is obsessed with joining the social committee of the local Syrian Orthodox Church and with seeing her nieces - Jemorah is nearly thirty! - married. Melvina, "all-Nurse," has her mind set firmly on her work, but Jemorah will consider marrying anyone from a pool hustler to a car mechanic to a Jordanian cousin."--BOOK JACKET. "With "Family Function Season" about to begin ("thick with the air of summer upstate and heavy, sweating relatives who thought, somehow, that this was preferable to the desert"), Arabian Jazz will explode into a hilarious, poignant tribute to family bonds, hybrid cultures, and the individual search for home."--BOOK JACKET.

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