By Diana Abu-Jaber

ISBN-10: 0393066681

ISBN-13: 9780393066685

In Diana Abu-Jaber's "impressive, entertaining" (Chicago Tribune) first novel, a small, poor-white group in upstate long island turns into domestic to the transplanted Jordanian kin of Matussem Ramoud: his grown daughters, Jemorah and Melvina; his sister Fatima; and her husband, Zaeed. The widower Matuseem loves American jazz, kitschy garden embellishes, and, in fact, his daughters. Fatima is captivated with seeing her nieces married—Jemorah is sort of thirty! Supernurse Melvina is firmly devoted to her paintings, yet Jemorah is ambivalent approximately her id and position. Is she Arab? Is she American? should still she marry and, if that is so, whom? Winner of the Oregon e-book Award and finalist for the nationwide PEN/Hemingway Award, Arabian Jazz is "a pleasure to read.... you may be tempted to learn passages out loud. and also you should" (Boston Globe). USA Today praises Abu-Jaber's "gift for dialogue...her Arab-American earrings musically, and hilariously, true."

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Los llamados países jóve­ nes adolecían en cambio de gerontofilia; la vejez era obje­ to aquí de un culto banal: todo el mundo se preparaba pre­ maturamente para asumirla. Ni siquiera un juez de alto rango era capaz de inspirar temor y temblor. Éste era un viejo de una viscosidad manifiesta, que no podía dejar de exhibir sus debilidades bajo una toga de deshilacliada re­ tórica paternalista. mpresiones personales. —Gracias, chas gracias, don Evaristo —murmuró, y le 4& presionó con la suya la pequeña mano prehensil, como par* matar dos pájaros de un tiro, desembarazándose del ancia­ no uterino.

Los agentes del Imperio entraron pues, de golpe, en una clandestinidad mayor, desentendiéndose de quienes, por una u otra razón, habían hecho noticia. Esto significaba para Juana el final de su carrera, al menos en el Cono Sur; y la recomendación de permanecer ociosa aunque debidamente remunerada, hasta nuevo aviso, en un país al que los Estados Unidos de América aceptaba asociarse, en la medida en que esta cooperación no reper­ cutiera sobre el sistema interamericano. En un momento tan decisivo para la Paz Mundial, no po­ día procederse, por cierto, al retiro de las tropas de ocupa­ ción.

Por ahora la táctica aconsejaba poner en evidencia la parcialidad del Poder Ju­ dicial, y esa gente cumplía con la misión de exponerse a las tramitaciones de rigor, con una paciencia indignante, enarbolándola como una bandera invisible. —Es la gota —seseó el anciano, cogiéndola posesivamente de un brazo, con una mano de pájaro carnicero. El duro temblor de una garra que se asía a la esperanza de emprender el vuelo. Los ojetillos del juez brillaban como para compensar la ceguera de la justicia, con una especie de parcialidad febril.

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