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Once in a Promised Land

Once in a Promised Land A BookSense Notable Title for February Once in a Promised Land is the story of a couple Jassim and Salwa who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona each chasing their own

  • Title: Once in a Promised Land
  • Author: Laila Halaby
  • ISBN: 9780807083901
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A BookSense Notable Title for February 2007Once in a Promised Land is the story of a couple, Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing their own dreams of opportunity and freedom Although the two live far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the nationwide fallout from 9 11 Jassim, a hydrologist, believes passionatelA BookSense Notable Title for February 2007Once in a Promised Land is the story of a couple, Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing their own dreams of opportunity and freedom Although the two live far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the nationwide fallout from 9 11 Jassim, a hydrologist, believes passionately in his mission to keep the water tables from dropping and make water accessible to all people, but his work is threatened by an FBI witch hunt for domestic terrorists Salwa, a Palestinian now twice displaced, grappling to put down roots in an inhospitable climate, becomes pregnant against her husband s wishes and then loses the baby When Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shady young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel This intimate account of two parallel lives is an achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find save haven.

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    1. This book was intriguing at first. Halaby creates two rich characters, Jassim and Salwa Haddad, whose personal lives become much more complicated post-9/11. Jassim, comfortably encapsulated in his routine, accidentally hits a boy with his car, killing the boy and pushing Jassim's life off course. He grows distant from his wife. Salwa, meanwhile, suffers a miscarriage after intentionally "accidentally" getting pregnant and conducts a brief, confused affair with a much younger coworker. As their l [...]

    2. Not the best writing - up from a Harlequinn - but no magic. The plot had some problems. In a small town/big city like Tucson, the "accident" surely would have made the local papers/TV news and yet none of the main characters seemed to watch TV or read the paper as they had no idea that this event happened. Very unrealistic. It kind of ended with no ending or "you figure it out." I did finish the book as I was interested in how the story would end but. I think the book blurbs were a little over t [...]

    3. This story was "real"--not a read for someone looking for a cheery pick-me up. Very captivating and talks about real life problems that people have when living between two worlds and not finding a "home" in either--nor within themselves.The End?The End. Wait a sec.What is it?There's no "they lived happily ever after"?"Happily ever after" only happens in American fairy tales.Wasn't this an American fairy tale?It was and it wasn't.

    4. Wow- loved it. Although the marketers decided to sell this one as a novel about one couple's journey through post-9/11 America, it really is about one couple's journey in which 9/11 is just a stop along the way. Beautifully, starkly, and powerfully written, this was a refreshing change of pace and I highly recommend it!

    5. never got past pg 75. slow story. interesting idea to write about post-911 from a muslim american POV but it just didn't catch my attention long enough.

    6. If I ever got around to doing my own writing, I hope my style would be reminiscent of Laila Halaby's. This was so beautifully written, so heartbreaking, so powerful, and so real.

    7. It is unlike me to enter a review many days after finishing a book, especially one where it was the book group choice and I no longer have it, bristling with my little flags to go back to passages that I partifcularly like. I did finish Once in a Promised Land (by Laila Halaby) as part of the ongoing book group gathering at the local library under the umbrella of the Maine Council on the Humanities series "Let's Talk About It: Violence and Belonging" which has been meeting every two weeks, which [...]

    8. Something about the cover made me pick up this book. You see the man swimming in the water, but the shadow is of an airplane. 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. Salwa and Jassim suffer in many ways after the events that unfold in their lives. Salwa suffers after a miscarriage, Jassim is involved in a deadly car accident and both turn inside themselves instead of [...]

    9. I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time, since the cover designer spoke at a meeting I went to, before the book was even published. The story of a Jordanian couple living the US, and the events that transpire after September 11right up my alley. And in true judging a book by its cover fashion, I was transfixed by the jacket design (the hardcover version, alas, not the one pictured above).It was a good book: touching, compelling, well-structured. I mean, I was really emot [...]

    10. I was intrigued by the premise of this novel - how life changes for a Jordanian couple living in America post-9/11. Also, this book garnered some critical acclaim. But wasn't a "can't put down"; it was more like "I can't not finish" because the wife is such a train wreck. I kept asking myself why she made the choices that she made, and could find no reason. If you are interested in reading another story about the immigrant experience in America, check this out. In my opinion, it was dark like Ho [...]

    11. The story about Jordan natives moving across to the United States in a post 9/11 life is really written quite frank, quite believable, and very un-fairy tale-like. But more than the cross cultural differences, Halaby writes with a frankness about a man and a wife and the relationship they must work at to keep alive and thriving. It is a realistic read, with moving moments in a scary reality that a lot of Jordanians seem to face in this day and age.

    12. At first I felt some resistance even though I love reading post 9/11 literature, but once I got into it, I became enraptured by the story. I was completely in the characters' world -- Jordanian and American -- I was in Tucson, AZ; I was in their cool, clean house; I was in their confused heads. Halaby's writing allowed me to move from two very different cultures effortless which is truly a talent.

    13. Rather melodramatic, and not quite as profound as I had anticipated, but worth the read. There were bits here that I just wanted to the book to move along, and it seemed to drag, but it didn't last forever, in the end. 2.5 out of 5, rounded up, as per my usual habit."Dates Read" are approximate, since I am catching up on my GR updates after the fact.

    14. This was almost a good book - the story was just a bit to contrived, the writing not quite on and the entwinement with myth didn't quite work. I picked it up because it was written by a woman from Tucson about a Jordanian/Palestinian couple living in Tucson. I think the writer has potential to be really good but hasn't got there yet.

    15. I liked the idea of the book, but didn't connect with it. Each of the characters were so flawed that I would not have associated with them. They were lying to themselves and to each other. The book had a tendency to repeat itself by telling another person's view of the story. I didn't like the foreshadowing that often occurred.

    16. Not a book I'd recommend, but it certainly shows the allure and hollowness of idolatry (in this case, the "American dream" of happiness by self-effort and material success). My take-away is a new appreciation for the role of water in history and current events. "Water is life, technology is power, and humans are thieves."

    17. The ending of this book was particularly striking. I usually dont like it when books arent neatly packaged up, but that was the whole point of the book.I also really appreciated the way the author gave us history lessons on random facts regarding every day things we dont think about it. I enjoyed it, and look forward to see what she publishes next

    18. Halaby shows in an interesting way that America is full of dreams and happy endings, but it's not always what is real. Just because there isn't a happy ending to things doesn't mean it is not valid or meaningful.

    19. An attempt to give the 'Other' a human face in post 9/11 America. Maybe it would have worked if the plot weren't so boring and the writing less bland.

    20. I couldn't put this book down. The story is very compelling, and the twists make you pay attention and anxiously await the way the characters will pull through.

    21. I thought this was a very good book, I liked reading about another culture, and how it is to be an immigrant in the United States.

    22. Not sure what I expected when I started, but was drawn into the character's stories. A sense of forbidding leads you through the novel. I'd recommend!

    23. Interesting and sad. The author does a great job of making the characters very real. I could see this being made into a movie.

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