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Behind you is the sea : a novel / Susan Muaddi Darraj.

An exciting debut novel that gives voice to the diverse residents of a Palestinian American community in Baltimore-from young activists in conflict with their traditional parents to the poor who clean for the rich-lives which intersect across divides of class, generation, and religion.Funny and touching, Behind You Is the Sea brings us into the homes and lives of three main families-the Baladis, the Salamehs, and the Ammars-Palestinian immigrants who've all found a different welcome in America.Their various fates and struggles cause their community dynamic to sizzle and sometimes explode: The wealthy Ammar family employs young Maysoon Baladi, whose family struggles financially, to clean up after their spoiled teenagers. Meanwhile, Marcus Salameh, whose aunt married into the wealthy Ammar family, confronts his father in an effort to protect his younger sister for "dishonoring" the family. Only a trip to Palestine, where Marcus experiences an unexpected and dramatic transformation, can bridge this seemingly unbridgeable divide between the two generations.Behind You Is the Sea faces stereotypes about Palestinian culture head-on and, shifting perspectives to weave a complex social fabric replete with weddings, funerals, broken hearts, and devastating secrets. -- Provided by dustjacket.

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  • ISBN: 9780063324237
  • Physical Description: 245 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First HarperVia edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2024.
Subject: Palestinian Americans > Maryland > Baltimore > Fiction.
Muslims > Fiction.
Parent and child > Fiction.
Social classes > Fiction.
Poverty > Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Bildungsromans > Fiction.
Baltimore (Md.) > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Psychological fiction.

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  • 1 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


  • 1 current hold with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Allentown Public Library DARRAJ, SUSAN (Text) 34455007066448 New Adult Fiction Checked Out 03/01/2024
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009828238 New Adult Fiction Available -
Easton Main Library ACQEAPL5693062 (Text) ACQEAPL5693062 New Items on Order On Order -

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