The Resource A word for love : a novel, Emily Robbins

A word for love : a novel, Emily Robbins

Label
A word for love : a novel
Title
A word for love
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Emily Robbins
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"A mesmerizing debut set in Syria on the cusp of the unrest, A Word for Love is the spare and exquisitely told story of a young American woman transformed by language, risk, war, and a startling new understanding of love. It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family's complicated lives--as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance--between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds--that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her. Ultimately, in a striking twist, Bea's own story begins to mirror that of "The Astonishing Text" that drew her there in the first place--not in the role of one of the lovers, as she might once have imagined, but as the character who lives to tell the story long after the lovers have gone. With melodic meditation on culture, language, and familial devotion. Robbins delivers a powerful novel that questions what it means to love from afar, to be an outsider within a love story, and to take someone else's passion and cradle it until it becomes your own"--
Summary
Traveling to the Middle East in the hopes of reading a famed Arabic love story, American exchange student Bea becomes entwined in the complicated lives of her host family and a Romeo-and-Juliet romance between a housemaid and a policeman from different cultural and political backgrounds
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10544996
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Robbins, Emily
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • American students
  • Manuscripts, Arabic
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Empathy
  • Culture conflict
  • Syria
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • American students
  • Culture conflict
  • Empathy
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Manuscripts, Arabic
  • Syria
Target audience
adult
Label
A word for love : a novel, Emily Robbins
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn948339356
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781594633584
Lccn
2016011439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)948339356
Label
A word for love : a novel, Emily Robbins
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn948339356
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781594633584
Lccn
2016011439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)948339356

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