By Randa Jarrar
Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mom and a Palestinian father, narrates the tale of her youth in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to the place she and her kin fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's final flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a pointy, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class kin, and this angle retains her buoyant in the course of the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of facing a checkpoint on a trip to her father's domestic within the West financial institution; the fights together with her father, who wishes her to develop into a well-known professor and keep away from boys; the tip of her formative years as Iraq invades Kuwait on her 13th birthday; and the scare she supplies her relations whilst she runs clear of home.
Funny, fascinating, and heartbreaking, A Map of house is the type of publication Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn might have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and feminine within the Seventies.
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A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar