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Let’s Talk About It: “Once in a Promised Land” by Laila Halaby

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Book four in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Discussion facilitated by Reza Jalali, a scholar from USM.

Laila Halaby’s second novel concerns the relationship of Jassim and Salwa Haddad, a childless Jordanian couple in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Setting the novel in Tucson, Halaby, who is herself Jordanian and grew up in Arizona, examines the nation’s post-9/11 mood from the perspective of ordinary Arab-Americans living thousands of miles away from the sites of the attacks and the communities immediately affected. Through this portrait of wholly assimilated immigrants who no longer feel welcome in their chosen country, we glimpse how the spectacular violence of terrorist attacks on the other side of the country becomes, much closer to home, a rallying cry for a paranoid and xenophobic brand of patriotism.

Details

Date:
November 8, 2017
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
www.patten.lib.me.us

Venue

Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
Phone:
(207)443-5141
Website:
www.patten.lib.me.us

Organizer

Patten Free Library
Phone:
443-5141
Email:
lmortimer@patten.lib.me.us
Website:
www.patten.lib.me.us

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