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by Sahar Mandour

Publication Year: 2016

In this finely observed novel, five young Lebanese women navigate their professional and social lives in a city interrupted by random explosions. It is not a war zone, but there is no peace either; Beirut stands at the edge of both. These women, much like their country, have been shaped by the events of a long civil war, their childhood spent in shelters, their adolescence in an unrecognizable city under rapid reconstruction. And here they are now, negotiating the details of their adult lives, fighting to protect their identities, voices, and relationships in a society constantly under questioning. Talk of politics and gossip by the young and old animate the coffee shops. Heated debates and power dynamics unfold in bars and on the streets. Mandour’s funny and defiant style invites an intimacy, giving readers a glimpse into the absurdities and injustices of everyday life in Lebanon. With empathy and a deep honesty, Mandour narrates the lives of these women who struggle to create their own destiny while at the same time coming to terms with the identity of their Mediterranean city.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

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Half title, Others in the series, Title page, Copyright, Dedications

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Translator’s Introduction

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pp. ix-xiv

Sahar Mandour, named “one of Beirut’s new movers and shakers” by Wallpaper Magazine, was born in 1977 to an Egyptian father and a Lebanese mother. She studied psychology at L’Université Saint Joseph in Beirut and received her master’s degree in media and the Middle East from the University of London. ...

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pp. 1-136

Am I dreaming or is someone at the door? I want to sleep! I’m a guest here; I shouldn’t have to open the door. There’s no one there anyway ...

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Glossary

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pp. 137-140


About the Author

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Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780815653707
E-ISBN-10: 0815653700
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815610694
Print-ISBN-10: 0815610696

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2016

OCLC Number: 935055556
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