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A word for love

Author: Emily Robbins
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017. ©2017
Series: Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Fiction : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Fiction
Psychological fiction
Romance fiction
Love stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Robbins
ISBN: 9781410498465 1410498468
OCLC Number: 967201258
Notes: "A novel"--Cover.
Description: 363 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice
Responsibility: Emily Robbins.

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It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family's complicated lives -- as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance -- between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds -- that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her. Ultimately, in a striking twist, Bea's own story begins to mirror that of "The Astonishing Text" that drew her there in the first place -- not in the role of one of the lovers, as she might once have imagined, but as the character who lives to tell the story long after the lovers have gone.

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