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Absent : A Novel - 07 edition

Absent : A Novel (ISBN10: 0812977424; ISBN13: 9780812977424)
ISBN13: 978-0812977424
ISBN10: 0812977424

Summary: Absent tells the story of Dalal, a young Iraqi woman living with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. Dalal and her neighbors try to maintain normal lives, despite the crippling effect of bombings and
international sanctions resulting from the first Gulf War. By turns affectionate, wry, and darkly comic, Absent paints a moving portrait of people struggling to get by in impossible circumstances. Upstairs,
the fortune-teller Umm Mazin offers her custome ...show morers cures for their physical and romantic ailments; below, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling number of female customers; and on the second floor, the nurse Ilham dreams of her long-lost French mother to escape the grim realities she sees in the children's ward at the hospital. Hoping to bring in much-needed cash by selling honey, Dalal's uncle turns to beekeeping, and instructs his niece in the care and feeding of these temperamental creatures.
Against a background of surprise arrests, personal With memories of happier times during the "Days of Plenty" of her childhood, Dalal falls in love for the first time against a background of surprise arrests,
personal betrayals, and a crumbling social fabric that turns neighbors into informants. Tightly crafted and skillfully told, Absent is a haunting portrait of life under sanctions, the fragile emotional ties between individuals, and, ultimately, the resilience of the human spirit. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 07
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Published: 07/10/2007
International: No



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*** FREE UPGRADE to 1st Class Mail in US - a $3.00 Value! SOFT COVER, VG/VG, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007, 240 pages, 0.6 in. H x 7.7 in. L x 5.1 in. W, 6.9 oz.. This copy has visible but ...show more minimal creasing of the spine, is a former library copy with the usual markings, appears almost uncirculated, is MYLAR jacketed, is in otherwise Very Good condition. Special Notes on this book: Library plastic adhesive on binding makes book more durable and water resistant. Looks new and unread! Note: expect tanning of any paperback more than a few years old, regardless of condition. ...show less
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