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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Compare Salwa’s affair with Jake and Jassim’s relationship with Penny. Jul 07, Andrea promisd it liked it. Mar 01, Ariele rated it really liked it. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Each morning before work, Jassim swam at his club, where he met a seemingly- friendly, fellow swimmer and flirted with the receptionist.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby. Login Cart Advanced Search. This is a page-turner and driven by plot, but the characters are not fully-developed, and, hence, some of their actions are hard to believe.

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In her second novel, Once in a Promised LandJordanian-American author Laila Halaby takes readers back to that time when American flags fluttered haoaby car antennas and people were either with us or against us. Questions for Discussion Salwa and Jassim find themselves surrounded by hostility after the attacks on the World Trade Center.



A hydrologist, Jassim believes passionately in his mission to make water accessible to all people, but his work is threatened by an FBI witch hunt for domestic terrorists. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Although the couple live far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the dust cloud of paranoia settling over the nation. At some level I think it is largely about the experience of alienation and trying to find one’s authentic needs I’m quite disappointed in how the book ended, I have so many questions!

Salwa was unable to tell her husband that she was pregnant. I think the book blurbs were a little Not the best writing – up from a Harlequinn – but no magic. Read more Read less. 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.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The 80 Best Books of Without falling back on rigid ethnic formulations and taking refuge in righteous rhetoric, the novel explores the unusual and unexpected allegiances forged in crises: In this timely and utterly original novel, Laila Halaby has crafted a deeply resonant tale of out tangled and common humanity. This book is a great read. Once in a Promised Land is a dramatic and achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find safe haven.

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She was unable to seek his solace when she lost the fetus. Jassim, a hydrologist, believes passiona 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 dreams of opportunity and freedom. Jassim, comfortably encapsulated in his routine, accidentally hits a boy with his car, killing the boy and pushing Jassim’s life off course.

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 bleed.

Just because there isn’t a happy ending to things doesn’t mean it is not valid or meaningful. The Best Metal of Laila Halaby is an extraordinary storyteller, who artfully builds the Haddads’ world from inside-out, while several subplots flow easily into the over-arching setting.