Towelhead A Novel

ISBN-10: 1416589309

ISBN-13: 9781416589303

Edition: N/A

Authors: Alicia Erian

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The year is 1991. When Jasira's mother finds out what has been going on between her boyfriend and her thirteen-year-old daughter, she has to make a choice -- and chooses to send Jasira off to Houston¿ Texas, to live with her father. A remote disciplinarian prone to explosive rages, Jasira's father is unable to show his daughter the love she craves -- and far less able to handle her feelings about her changing body. Bewildered by extremes of parental scrutiny and neglect, Jasira begins to look elsewhere for affection. Saddam Hussein has invaded Kuwait, and high school has become a lonely place for a "towelhead." When her father meets, and forbids her to see, her boyfriend, it becomes lonelier still. But there is always Mr. Vuoso -- a neighboring army reservist whose son Jasira babysits. Mr. Vuoso, as Jasira discovers, has an extensive collection ofPlayboymagazines. And he doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with Jasira's body at all. Painfully funny, tender, and sexually charged,Towelheadis that rare thing: a gloriously readable novel unafraid to take risks. The story of a girl failed by her parents and by a conflicted America,Towelheadis an ultimately redemptive and moving work that none of us can afford to ignore.
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Book details

List price: $12.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 7/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.44" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Alicia Erian is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and has an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.

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