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Birds Of Paradise (Hardcover)

Author:  Diana Abu-Jaber
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Format: Hardcover Large Print
ISBN-10: 1410445070
ISBN-13: 9781410445070
Sku: 226567649
Publish Date: 2/1/2012
Pages:  634
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After a five year absence, an 18-year-old runaway returns to her family in Miami to deal with the guilty secret that caused her to flee, in a new novel from the author of Origin. (general fiction).
Diana Abu-Jaber's astounding fourth novel (after ORIGIN and CRESCENT) concerns a family in a protracted crisis, and with sensitivity she illuminates their complex coping mechanisms and the emotional ripple effects. When she was 13 years old, Felice Muir ran away from home. She lives not far from her parents' upper-middle-class home in Miami, but she is more than out of reach. Occasionally, torturously she will grace her parents with a visit, dangling them along. Meanwhile Avis and Brian do their best to cope, throwing themselves into their work. Brian is a real estate lawyer, whose company exists in the thick of the 2005 real estate bubble, while Avis works as an artisanal pastry chef whose sculptural dessert creations provide an opportunity for Abu-Jaber to deploy her well-respected command of culinary description. At the at the epicenter of this storm is Felice, and Abu-Jaber, who ran away herself at the age of 15, gets inside the elusive motivations of this teen. Through the characters' experiences, the novel also expands to evoke the rich culture and urban geography of Miami, and the effects when Hurricane Katrina strikes.
Author Bio
Diana Abu-Jaber
Diana Abu-Jaber is the daughter of a Jordanian father and an Irish-German mother. She grew up in a small town outside Syracuse, N.Y. in a large, extended, culturally mixed family: Jordanian, Palestinian, German, Muslim, Catholic, and Syrian Orthodox. She became fascinated with the stories her family told, and with fairy tales; she wrote her first novel in the seventh grade. Abu-Jaber writes mainly about her mixed background, and is one of the first writers to explore the Arab-American experience.


"Miami comes alive in BIRDS OF PARADISE, a lush new novel by Diana Abu-Jaber,....[She] has captured Miami's insiders and outsiders, the ordinary and the outlandish, the hype, the hurricanes, the hoopla. This, perhaps, is her greatest achievement in a novel of mixed success." - Christine Garcia 09/11/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0634
Product attributePublisher:   Thorndike Press
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