The New Belly Dancer of the Universe Contest
By (author) Frances Khirallah Noble
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New Belly Dancer of the Universe Contest by Frances Khirallah Noble
Book DescriptionIn this deftly turned story, author Frances Khirallah Noble presents a tale that is at once sublimely comic and surprisingly erudite in the subjects it tackles. Its hero, Kahlil Gibran Hourani, is an ordinary, in fact rather bumbling, middle-aged Syrian American optician. On the eve of his fifty-third birthday Kali finds himself confronting seminal questions. "I face the last third of my life," he reflects, "and I don't know what to do with myself. Every day I ask how should I be living now? What should I do with the end in sight? Can I come to terms with it?" Enter his dead grandmother, the wisely sardonic Situe. Although she appears in a dream at first and reappears at whim, Situe's presence will turn Kali's life upside down. Through a series of misadventures, Kali is abducted and wrongly suspected of being a terrorist by apparent rogue government agents. His darkly absurd experiences force Kali to question his own perceptions, inviting the reader to do the same. Part myth, part magical realism, always knowing, the book offers a biting critique on issues of race, constitutional rights, and the realities of Arab American life in a post - 9/11 world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815608684
(216mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Frances Khirallah Noble
Situe Stories, Hardback (September 2000)» View all books by Frances Khirallah Noble
The situe, or Arabic grandmother, moves in and out of this collection of stories as they seek to capture the integration of Christian Arab women into American culture. The tales contain elements of magic and stoicism, presenting characters rich in independence and creativity.
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Author Biography - Frances Khirallah Noble
Frances Khirallah Noble lives in Palm Desert, California. She is the author of The Situe Stories, also published by Syracuse University Press.
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