Kate Ward
October 01, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Map of Home

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Randa Jarrar
publisher
Other Press
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

In A Map of Home, a bright young girl? of Egyptian, Greek, and Palestinian heritage flees Kuwait when Iraq invades in 1990. With her big brain, big wit, and big personality, Nidali has a tough time conforming to her father’s rigid ?standards. Home has all the bite of Towelhead, but debut novelist Randa Jarrar invites cultural discussion with a lighter tone. Some parts — like Nidali’s grandmother’s fable about flatulence — will leave you laughing out loud. A?

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