Once in a Promised Land: A Novel

By: Halaby, Laila

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"They say there was or there wasn't in olden times" a story as old as life, as young as this moment, a story that is yours and is mine.
"Once in a Promised Land" is the story of Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing mirages of opportunity and freedom. Although the couple live far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the dust cloud of paranoia settling over the nation.
A hydrologist, Jassim believes passionately in his mission to make water accessible to all people, but his work is threatened by an FBI witch hunt for domestic terrorists. A Palestinian now twice displaced, Salwa embraces the American dream. She grapples to put down roots in an unwelcoming climate, becoming pregnant against her husband's wishes.
When Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shadowy young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel. "Once in a Promised Land" is a dramatic and achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find safe haven.

Title: Once in a Promised Land: A Novel

Author Name: Halaby, Laila

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Beacon Press:

ISBN Number: 0807083917

ISBN Number 13: 9780807083918

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: ING9780807083918

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