They say there was or there wasn’t in olden times a story as old as life, as young as this moment, a story that is yours and is mine. Once in a Promised. Once in a Promised Land has ratings and 37 reviews. Ben said: This book was intriguing at first. Halaby creates two rich characters, Jassim and Salwa. Laila Halaby’s intelligent, exquisitely written second novel explores the conflicts of an Arabic Jordanian couple living in America directly after the terrible events.

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I almost stopped reading half way through – far too much detail for me – but it pick up in the end and I am glad I finished reading it. Trivia About Once in a Promise I enjoyed it, and look forward ;romised see what she publishes next.

Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

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Heartbreaking because you can feel the situation that these characters are trapped in. Haliby does a wonderful job stepping inside both the male and female mind with this couple as they struggle to understand themselves and how to deal with their own guilt and grief after the decisions they make.

Her family nicknames her Queen of Pajamas because of her obsession with silky sleepwear. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf: I usually dont like it when books arent neatly packaged up, but that was the ppromised point of the book. Do you think he did the right thing? Ships from and sold by sweethomeliquid2. Did you prlmised a change in attitude towards Arabs in the U. Aug 22, Nancy Snyder rated it did not promisedd it.

She came to Tucson at the age of five where she now lives with her husband and two sons. I thought this was a very good book, I liked reading about another culture, and how it is to be an immigrant in the United States.


Halaby describes Salwa’s mixed reluctance and eagerness perfectly; I understand what she was trying to communicate in these scenes.

Have you ever had to negotiate between your own culture and a foreign one? She did not know America nor did she envision living there as they were quite at home in Jordan.

Jul 27, Sukaina added it. Very good, led to good discussions. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The World According to Garp.

Do you find that at different times in the story you are sympathizing or siding with either Salwa or Jassim? At some level I think it is largely about the experience of alienation and trying to find one’s authentic needs It all starts out so innocently as Jassim begins his days swimming laps at the local Fitness Bar.

Laila Halaby has captured the human condition perfectly here. Named one of the best fiction books of by the Washington Post.

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Most Americans bounced back from the horror and life continued. Jan 15, Buy.

Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated. I expected to be transfixed, the way the move exquisite novels can transfix a person, and I just wasn’t.

And in true judging a book by its cover fashion, I was transfixed by the jacket design the hardcover version, alas, not the one pictured above. Laila Halaby, who still dares to dream of an intact culture, has written a forceful novel that catches innocence and the hope for wholeness in the web of its complex plot and squeezes them until they bleed.

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Once in a Promised Land– book review

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Each morning before work, Jassim swam at his club, where he met a seemingly- friendly, fellow swimmer and flirted with the receptionist. At times, I do feel immersed in another culture, and Halaby shows me the lonelier aspects of living in a country that can seem foreign and familiar at the same time.


Initially I was attracted to Salwa’s character, finding Jassim cold. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. To ask other readers questions about Once in a Promised Landplease sign up. Apr 06, Calzean rated it it was ok Shelves: When Jake cooks dinner for Salwa, he offers her candy-coated shumur fennelwhich “brought back desserts eaten only during Ramadan, brought back home in one tiny burst and then another” p. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute.

If I ever got around to doing my own writing, I hope my style would be reminiscent of Laila Halaby’s.

She describes complicated, culture-spanning lives in a poetic prose that is clean and compelling. Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land”. Please try again later. Lnad FBI agents question clients of his employer; they cancel their contracts. Once in a Promised Land is a dramatic and achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find safe haven.

Negotiating un-belonging in Arab-American writing: There’s a problem loading this menu right ojce. In my opinion, it was dark like House of Sand and Fog, but didn’t have some of the levity found in Middlesex, both books that I really loved about the immigrant experience.