New PDF release: A Curious Land: Stories from Home (Grace Paley Prize in

By Susan Muaddi Darraj

Susan Muaddi Darraj’s brief tale assortment concerning the population of a Palestinian West financial institution village, Tel al-Hilou, spans generations and continents to discover principles of reminiscence, belonging, connection, and, eventually, the private and richest which means of domestic. A Curious Land supplies voice to the studies of Palestinians within the final century.

An excerpt from A Curious Land:

When Rabab decreased the magad and clapped-clapped to the good in her mother’s too-big slippers, the stone jar digging into her shoulder, she didn’t, initially, see the physique. The morning sunlight glazed every little thing round her—the cement houses, the iron rails alongside one wall, the bars at the home windows, the stones round the well—and made her squint her itchy eyes.

She was once hungry. That was once all.

They’d arrived the following simply final evening, preventing once Awwad and the lads have been yes the military had moved south. It should have been the 3rd time in precisely a couple of weeks—collapse the tents, load the mules, disappear into the sands. She was hoping this warfare may finish quickly, and he or she didn’t rather care who gained, so long as it ended simply because they hadn’t eaten good in years. some time past few months, her mom had offered all her gold, aside from her bracelet made from liras. It used to be the single factor left, and he or she was once conserving onto it, and Rabab discovered, so have been all of them; she imagined that, the day it was once bought, while her mother’s wrist used to be naked, might sign that they have been on the end.

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