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Love Is an Ex-Country

Love Is an Ex-Country

Queer. Muslim. Arab American. A proudly Fat woman. Randa Jarrar is all of these things. In this provocative memoir of a cross-country road trip, she explores how to claim joy in an unraveling and hostile America.

Randa Jarrar is a fearless voice of dissent who has been called “politically incorrect” (Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times). As an American raised for a time in Egypt, and finding herself captivated by the story of a celebrated Egyptian belly dancer’s journey across the United States in the 1940s, she sets off from her home in California to her parents’ in Connecticut.

Coloring this road trip are journeys abroad and recollections of a life lived with daring. Reclaiming her autonomy after a life of survival—domestic assault as a child, and later, as a wife; threats and doxxing after her viral tweet about Barbara Bush—Jarrar offers a bold look at domestic violence, single motherhood, and sexuality through the lens of the punished-yet-triumphant body. On the way, she schools a rest-stop racist, destroys Confederate flags in the desert, and visits the Chicago neighborhood where her immigrant parents first lived.

Hailed as “one of the finest writers of her generation” (Laila Lalami), Jarrar delivers a euphoric and critical, funny and profound memoir that will speak to anyone who has felt erased, asserting: I am here. I am joyful.

Titulo:Love Is an Ex-Country
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781948226585
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Acerca de Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar is the author of the novel A Map of Home and the collection of stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. A professor of creative writing, Jarrar lives in Los Angeles and is a performer, who recently appeared in A24's RAMY and Fatimah Asghar's short film, GOT GAME.


    Love Is an Ex-Country Comentarios

  • Bandit

    This was something of a misunderstanding and probably my fault. The description led me to believe it was more of a road trip sort of travelogue (though the author has lived a fairly nomadic life and d...

  • Jenny Lawson

    3.5 stars. Raw and traumatic. Beautiful prose....

  • Randa

    This is a book made on and by the loom of my body. It is "meandering," disorienting, and non-linear on purpose, as it is a reflection of my own body and experiences as a refugee and a survivor of assa...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    Tried this one a second time and the rhythm just isn’t there for me. For a road trip memoir, the book feels oddly directionless — U-turns in every chapter with odd reflections, random detours of s...

  • Lou

    Love is an Ex-Country is a stunningly bold, no holds barred and brutally honest memoir from a queer, Muslim who is also a big, beautiful brown woman and her autobiography explores the intersectionalit...

  • ?

    Was lucky to be able to get my hands on an advance copy of Randa Jarrar’s new memoir, out February 2021, and which I wolfed down in just two days. The memoir is a wonderful and unapologetic meditati...

  • Sarah Schulman

    For years the writer Nancy Kricorian fought to create a panel of Palestinian writers at PEN/American's annual international writers conference. Finally Barrak Alzaid and I and some others joined in an...

  • Ming

    I thank Catapult for this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a bracing, upfront book.  Jarrar maintains her sense of humor, a firm grasp of irony, and a deeply observant eye....

  • Sarah

    I loved this book a lot a lot. But I want to say one thing. There is a chapter in here in which the author is describing her sexless marriage and it’s painful as an ace person to keep reading these ...

  • Danika at The Lesbrary

    While this is a memoir, it reminded me of an essay collection meets poetry: Jarrar often writes in short paragraphs juxtaposing different topics. In the space of one page, she examines dolls from half...

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