enchanting debut that asks, Which stories would you tell, if
you only had nine days left to tell them?
Abdullah has been alive 85 long years, and
she knows when her time will come. In fact, it should come
just nine days from tonight, the 992nd nightly visit of the
beautiful and immortal Scheherazade.
night, Fatima has told Scheherazade her life stories, all
the while knowing that on the 1001st night, her storytelling
will end forever. But between tonight and night 1001, Fatima
has a few loose ends to tie up. She must find a wife for
openly gay grandson, teach Arabic (and birth control) to
her 17-year-old great-granddaughter, make amends
her estranged husband, and decide which of her troublesome
children should inherit her family's home in Lebanon--a house
she herself has not seen in nearly 70 years. All this while
under the surveillance of two bumbling FBI agents eager to
uncover Al Qaeda in L.A.
Yunis unravels four generations of Abdullah family secrets
with a great sense of comic timing and a deft touch of magical
realism. Touching on the histories of both the United States
and the Middle East over the last one hundred years, this
is a love story that crosses five generations with wit and
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