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Author Alameddine, Rabih, author.

Title An unnecessary woman / Rabih Alameddine.

Publication Info. New York : Grove Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Fiction    ALAMEDDINE,RAB    Available
 PAS Central Library Fiction    FIC ALAMEDDINE,R    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Fiction    FIC ALAMEDDINE,R    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Fiction    FIC ALAMEDDINE,R    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 291 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's 'unnecessary appendage.' Her mother pushes for her eviction, her brothers terrrorize her, but even as the Siege of Beirut rages around her, Aaliya stays put. A sassy septuagenarian who views her universe and complicated past through classic works of literature by Sebald, Coetzee, Pessoa, and Schulz, every year Aaliya translates a favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. Her work has never been read--by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya's own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Recluses -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Fiction.
Women -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Fiction.
Beirut (Lebanon) -- Fiction.
ISBN 9780802122148 (hardcover)
0802122140 (hardcover)
9780802122940 (pbk.)

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