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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It gives the human scale to big events and with great fluency captures the heart and soul of what it’s like to be living in America in these troubling times.

Why can’t Salwa see the negative side of him that is so obvious to other people Petra and Randa for example?

I was utterly enthralled and wanted to see how it would turn out. In the aftermath of the Sept. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? But Salwa and Jassim are not innocent in the destruction of their good life. Open Preview See a Problem? She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her family.

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Jan 29, Jackie rated it liked it. If I ever got around to doing my own writing, I hope my style would be reminiscent of Laila Halaby’s.

FBI agents question a very, unworldly Jassim who does not recognize that he could be suspected of terrorism. What else was nagging at Marcus? A suspicious woman at Jassim’s workplace also kept a log of all of his comings and goings as well as his phone calls. You might also be interested in: At first I didn’t notice the plane, but the book slowly incorporates the two – water and the attacks of September 11th – to shadow the story of Jassim and his wife Salwa. However, halfway into the story, I found Jassim becoming the more interesting of the two, with integrity and a conscience surpassing his wife’s.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She describes complicated, culture-spanning lives in a poetic prose that is clean and compelling. Customers who viewed this item halabj viewed. Salwa gravitates between wanting to escape America forever, reeling from the sorrow of a miscarriage, forced to confront office paranoia: Beautifully, starkly, and powerfully written, this was a refreshing change of pace and I highly recommend it!

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Halaby shows in an interesting way that America is full of dreams and happy endings, but it’s not always what is real. Salwa’s choice of an office paramour hurts her and Jassim, and it’s difficult to sympathize with her as her psyche begins to crumble.

She describes complicated, culture-spanning peomised in a poetic prose that is clean and compelling. Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations.

Salwa is a banker and real estate agent with a taste for luxury. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. A Palestinian now twice displaced, Salwa embraces the American dream. Jul 07, Andrea rated lans liked it. I can say, though, that this novel grew on me, and by the last few chapters I absolutely couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen.

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Under the Feet of Jesus. How does Salwa get drawn into the affair with Jake? The book’s subject is timely, and the author provides insight into the post- “patriotism” and lalla impact on those persons who look or sound anything like an Arab, but the characters themselves were not compelling.

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Initially I was attracted to Salwa’s character, finding Jassim cold. Also by Laila Halaby. 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.

Lists with This Book. Books by Laila Halaby. This year’s collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight. Aug 03, Yasmeen Al-Shehab rated it really liked it. Not wanting to further upset his depressed wife, he doesn’t tell her he killed the teen and struggles alone with the guilt. Both are upwardly mobile over-achievers who seem to be living their version of the “American dream.

Salwa’s friend Randa, to whom she confesses about her affair with Jake, advises her not to tell Jassim, “no matter what.

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Laila Halaby has captured the human condition perfectly here.

The book works best when Halaby is describing an overzealous government and citizenry fueled by paranoia and a desire for quick action, though some of the suspecting people, described in the book as right-wing evangelical Christians, come off as one-dimensional villains. Laila Halaby has captured the human condition perfectly here. But im than that, it’s a great story! Compare Salwa’s affair with Jake and Jassim’s relationship with Penny.