In the Language of Miracles

In the Language of Miracles

Large Print - 2016
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A New York Times Editors' ChoiceIn unflinchingly honest prose, Rajia Hassib tells the story of an Egyptian American family and the wrenching tragedy that tears their lives apart. The graceful, elegiac voice of In the Language of Miracles paints tender portraits of a family's struggle to move on in the wake of heartbreak.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486547
Branch Call Number: FIC HASSIB 2016
Characteristics: 437 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Poignant family story. -- Rekha K.

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Oct 03, 2015

As I finished this debut novel, I thought “So what is the big chasm between Christianity and Islam?” So many of the precepts are the same. Dr. Ben Carson should read this book and then explain why a Muslim should not be elected President of the United States. Other presidential candidates should read it and then explain why immigrants are so bad for the US. I look forward to more books by this first-time author. Her writing is beautiful and the relationship of Grandma to the family and the ending showing how important she and her beliefs are even after her death made me close the book smiling through tears. This is an Egyptian immigrant story, a story that could happen to anyone who has a child mentally ill, but the consequences are made worse by the cultural differences in a small town. How do each member deal with their guilt in the suicide of their oldest son/brother who compounded the grief by killing his girlfriend, the daughter of the next-door neighbor as well.

Sep 18, 2015

A timely story about a family caught in the midst of grief and guilt. I've been making an effort to read more diverse authors this year, and I'm very glad to have included this complex & thoughtfully written debut.


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