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


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 own family struggles financially, to clean up after their spoiled teenagers. Meanwhile, Marcus Salameh confronts his father in an effort to protect his younger sister for "dishonoring" their name. 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.

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  • ISBN: 9780063324237
  • ISBN: 0063324237
  • Physical Description: 245 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First HarperVia edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2024]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
A child of air -- Ride along -- Mr. Ammar gets drunk at the wedding -- The hashtag -- Behind you is the sea -- Gyroscopes -- Cleaning lentils -- Worry beads -- Escorting the body.
Subject: Palestinian Americans > Maryland > Baltimore > Fiction.
Muslims > Fiction.
Parent and child > Fiction.
Social classes > Fiction.
Poverty > Fiction.
Baltimore (Md.) > Fiction.
Américains d'origine palestinienne > Maryland > Baltimore > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Musulmans > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Parents et enfants > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Classes sociales > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Pauvreté > Romans, nouvelles, etc.
Palestinian Americans > Fiction.
Conflict of generations > Fiction.
Muslims > Fiction.
Parent-child relationship > Fiction.
Social classes > Fiction.
Poverty > Fiction.
Baltimore (Md.) > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Psychological fiction.

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