In the Language of Miracles

In the Language of Miracles

Book - 2015
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The affluent Al-Menshawy family find their American dream shattered when a devastating turn of events leaves their eldest son and their neighbor's daughter dead, and, becoming pariahs in their upscale New Jersey community, they struggle to keep their family together.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525428138
Branch Call Number: FIC HASS
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 24 cm


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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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