An Unlasting Home

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Product Details

Price
$27.99  $25.75
Publisher
Mariner Books
Publish Date
Pages
400
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780063135093

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About the Author

Mai Al-Nakib was born in Kuwait and spent the first six years of her life in London, Edinburgh, and St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a PhD in English from Brown University and is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Kuwait University. Her short story collection, The Hidden Light of Objects, was published by Bloomsbury Qatar in 2014. It won the Edinburgh International Book Festival's 2014 First Book Award. Her stories and essays have been widely published, most recently in World Literature Today and The LA Review of Books.

Reviews

"Penetrating insight and such compressed lyricism that at times her prose seems to border on poetry. A densely imagined and beautifully written debut."--Sydney Morning Herald on The Hidden Light of Objects
"The Hidden Light of Objects marks the emergence of an author already confident in her craft and her ability to give voice to the emotions and yearnings of her characters."--New Internationalist
"The old world and the new. The strife in the Gulf, once peaceful and reflective. East and West, Arabic and English, the poetry of the heart, the eye of the hawk; all these elements produce the lustrous pearls of Mai Al-Nakib's short stories."--Hanan al-Shaykh, author of Beirut Blues, on The Hidden Light of Objects
"The Hidden Light of Objects brings forth both the light and the shadows of the contemporary Middle East in clean-edged prose that startles us, not with sudden violence or polemic, but with the ineluctable force of human desire. Kuwait itself becomes a character, full of contradictions, in this multifaceted set of stories and vignettes. Superb."--Lucy Ferriss, author of The Lost Daughter
"An Unlasting Home is an unforgettable story of people making choices for love, family, freedom, and identity against the tidal forces of history in the Arab region. Shimmering with poetic prose, and as pressingly real as the white heat of August in Baghdad, this poignant debut will keep you in its thrall."
--Juhea Kim, author of Beasts of a Little Land
A spellbinding family history unfolds as a Kuwaiti woman goes on trial for blasphemy in a world gone mad. Deftly written, structurally brilliant, Mai Al-Nakib's An Unlasting Home is a lasting novel that splits open time, leaps across continents, and creates the sort of characters we carry forward into our hearts and lives. I absolutely loved this book.
--A. Manette Ansay