"Kashua's parable deftly examines universal themes of isolation vs. assimilation. A worthy contribution to the increasingly popular works coming out of the Middle East." --"Library Journal"
"This novel illuminates just how fluid identity can be, even--or especially--amid the Arab-Israeli tension of Jerusalem . . . A compelling two-sided narrative . . . [Kashua] has sharp insights on the assumptions made about race, religion, ethnicity, and class that shape Israeli identity." --"Publishers Weekly"
"[Kashua's] dry wit shines . . . with each of the main characters offering windows into the prejudices and longings of Arabs and Jews . . . The themes are universal in a world in which every culture, it seems, has an 'other' against which to play out prejudice, and feelings of supremacy." --"Los Angeles Times"
"At a time when Israeli attitudes toward Arabs seem to be hardening, Kashua's popularity is especially noteworthy . . . Kashua's protagonists struggle, often comically, with the tension of being both citizens of Israel and the kin of Israel's enemies. They usually end up encountering ignorance and bigotry on both sides of the divide, making his narratives more nuanced than some of the other Arabs writing about the conflict." --"Newsweek"
"Powerful . . . Kashua shows us the underside of success, with clear-eyed insight into an Israeli society that is becoming ever more tainted by discrimination based on class and money." --"Haaretz"
"Kashua's writing and insight serve to translate several different, and conflicting, realities at once . . . Kashua's work captures the unique and often painful situation of Israel's Arab citizens, while also opening a window for the non-Arab reader to better understand this dilemma." --"Tablet"
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About the Author
Sayed Kashua was born in 1975 and is the author of the novels "Dancing Arabs" and "Let It Be Morning," which was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Kashua writes a weekly column for "Haaretz" and is a writer and the creator of "Arab Labor," one of Israel's most popular sitcoms. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.