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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How would you have handled this situation? 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.

The Cake Tree in the Ruins. It made me think twice about perspective and trying to sympathize when others experience any sort of loss or go through a life-altering event.

Once in a Promised Land

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? However acclimated they are to American life, Jassim and Salwa are foreigners in a land now hostile to people who look like they do. In this timely and utterly original novel, Laila Halaby has crafted a deeply resonant tale of out tangled and common humanity.

When Jake cooks dinner for Salwa, he offers her candy-coated shumur fennelwhich “brought back desserts eaten only during Ramadan, brought back home in one tiny burst and then another” p. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Praise Sometimes you run out of adjectives. They both have secrets, they are under scrutiny as Arabs but I just did not care what happened as everything seemed a bit contrived.


ONCE IN A PROMISED LAND by Laila Halaby | Kirkus Reviews

The unfolding family drama was compelling; Halaby takes her two characters, already at odds with their environment, and destroys any hope of finding a safe zone in which they can live happy lives. Nov 20, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

When Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shadowy young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel. Feb 26, Jennifer Plante rated it it was amazing. Halaby’s writing allowed me to move from two very different cultures effortless which is truly a talent.

In the aftermath of the Sept. Salwa was unable to tell her husband that she was pregnant. Marcus, Jassim’s boss, fires Jassim because his clients are scared off by the FBI investigation and the company is losing contracts. I am looking forward to more from this woman in the future. The 60 Best Songs of Losing those few friends he had, Jassim realizes Salwa is emotionally unable to be there for him; so instead Jassim finds an outlet in Penny, a 30something waitress with her own emotional scars.

Spy of the First Person. Laila Halaby has captured the human condition perfectly here. There is no glossing over pain here, but the power of telling-richly human voices and the halwby of honesty. Jul 07, Andrea rated it liked it.

Feb 01, Evelyn Leong rated it liked it. Laila Halaby, who still dares to dream of an intact culture, has written a forceful novel that catches innocence and the hope for wholeness in the web of its complex plot and squeezes them until they obce. The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.


The same goes for the relationship Jassim begins to develop with another woman who feels entirely like a redundant character, much like the dark shadow cast by Salwa’s ineffective ex-boyfriend.

I kept asking myself why she made the choices that she made, and could find no reason. It kind of ended with no ending or “you figure it out. The story of a Lailx couple living the US, and the events promisedd transpire after September Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it halayb second life.

Parts of Once in a Promised Land were wonderful and enchanting. FBI agents question a very, unworldly Jassim who does not recognize that he could be suspected of terrorism. I thought lwnd was a very good book, I liked reading about another culture, and how it is to be an immigrant in the United States. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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