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About the Author
Ghassan Zeineddine was born in Washington, DC, and raised in the Middle East. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oberlin College, and co-editor of the creative nonfiction anthology Hadha Baladuna: Arab American Narratives of Boundary and Belonging. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ohio.
Dearborn is one of the funniest, truest, and most heartfelt books I have ever read. Zeineddine writes with so much grace and understanding, so much love and compassion, so much mastery that these stories will become part of who you are.--Morgan Talty, bestselling author of Night of the Living Rez
These stories will stay with you for weeks and years after you've finished them, making you again laugh, wonder, and rage. Dearborn is masterful, gentle, wild, and full of heart.--Rivka Galchen, author of Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch
At once urgent and timeless, the stories in Dearborn are searing and unflinching snapshots of an immigrant community struggling to carve out space for itself, to find home in unfamiliar territory. The unforgettable characters slash through stereotypes as they navigate heart-wrenching and absurd situations, all the while grappling with identity and intergenerational tensions. The world Zeineddine creates is filled with beauty, brutal realities, and humor. I couldn't put it down.--Zaina Arafat, author of You Exist Too Much
A razor sharp look into identity, migration and inherited trauma. . . . these tales are at times hilarious, but also heartening as they explores the complex and colorful lives of a range of characters.-- "She Reads"
Stories full of humor and warmth about an Arab American community. Inspiring. . . . Masterfully told. . . . What Zeineddine can do with a simple storyline and a few pages is a thing of wonder. A fantastic collection heralding the voice of a major new writer.-- "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"
A nuanced exploration into all aspects of a community. . . . Reading this collection is an eye-opening experience for those who only encountered these kinds of characters in mainstream American media.-- "Debutiful, a Most Anticipated Book of 2023"
Dearborn is a charming, insightful collection of 10 stories with a delightful, comic edge, exploring the distinct experiences of Arab Americans who have made a home in the midwestern United States.-- "Shelf Awareness"
Zeineddine's eye for unusual, often surreal detail enables him to construct unique narratives. . . . Arab, not, or not really, here are true individuals seeking ways to express their identity against and across resistant geographic and cultural reference points.-- "The Markaz Review"
Fresh, exciting, and as American as it gets.-- "Good Housekeeping, A Best Book of Fall"
Stirring. . . . sharply observed.-- "Booklist, Starred Review"
Whether it's an aspiring actor evading ICE or a cross-dressing butcher, these characters are fully fleshed in their desire, fears, and contradictions. A brilliant work of fiction that will undoubtedly be canon in Arab American literature.-- "Electric Literature"
Builds surprising, tender alliances and chooses idiosyncratic paths that exceed easy stereotypes.-- "NPR"
Both witty and thoughtful, Zeineddine's tragicomic stories about Arab American characters in Dearborn, Mich., explore themes of immigration, prejudice, sexuality, belonging and more.-- "The Washington Post"
Terrific. . . . funny and tender tales will remain in your memory for a long while.-- "The Center for Fiction"
A supremely accomplished debut.-- "The National News"
Examines the immigrant experience, the weight of memory, the myths we create, and the meaning of home, in a voice that's forthright and refreshing.-- "Library Journal"