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Amreekiya : a novel

Author: Lena Mahmoud
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2018]
Series: University Press of Kentucky new poetry and prose series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Isra Shadi, a twenty-one-year-old woman of mixed Palestinian and white descent, lives in California with her paternal amu (uncle), amtu (aunt), and cousins after the death of her mother and abandonment by her father at a young age. Ever the outcast in her amu and amtu's household, they eagerly encourage Isra to marry and leave. After rejecting a string of undesirable suitors, she marries Yusef, an old love from her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lena Mahmoud
ISBN: 9780813176376 0813176379
OCLC Number: 1034622914
Description: 184 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: University Press of Kentucky new poetry and prose series.
Other Titles: America :
Responsibility: Lena Mahmoud.

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An exploration of womanhood from an underrepresented voice in American literature, Amreekiya is simultaneously unique and relatable.  Read more...

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