An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction
Edited by Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa
Reveals the complex and varied
experiences of Arab American life
Praise for the first edition:
Silver Award (Anthologies), ForeWord Magazine Book
of the Year Awards
“A moving and important anthology. . . . An invaluable
resource and a solid compendium. . . . Highly recommended.”
—Library Journal “Starred Review”
“A timely and moving collection . . . [that] underlines
between recent immigrants and their American neighbors, thus
emphasizing all that we have in common beneath the veneer
“Admirable in their own right, these stories are also
‘testaments to the humanity of a heterogeneous and complex
group of people’ whose work deserves both recognition
The first edition of Dinarzad’s Children was
a groundbreaking and popular anthology that brought to light
the growing body of short fiction being written by Arab Americans.
This expanded edition includes sixteen new stories —thirty
in all—and new voices and is now organized into sections
that invite readers to enter the stories from a variety of
directions. Here are stories that reveal the initial adjustments
of immigrants, the challenges of forming relationships, the
political nuances of being Arab American, the vision directed
towards homeland, and the ongoing search for balance and identity.
contributors are D. H. Melhem, Mohja Khaf, Rabih Alameddine,
Rawi Hage, Laila Halaby, Patricia Sarrafian Ward, Alia Yunis,
Diana Abu Jaber, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Samia Serageldin, Alia
Yunis, Joseph Geha, May Monsoor Munn, Frances Khirallah Nobel,
Nabeel Abraham, Yussef El Guindi, Hedy Habra, Randa Jarrar,
Zahie El Kouri, Amal Masri, Sahar Mustafah, Evelyn Shakir,
David Williams, Pauline Kaldas, and Khaled Mattawa.
Pauline Kaldas is assistant professor of
English and creative writing at Hollins University. She was
born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States in 1969.
She is the author of Letters from Cairo and Egyptian
Khaled Mattawa is assistant professor of
English in the University of Michigan’s Master of Fine
Arts in Creative Writing Program. He was born in Libya and
immigrated to the United States in 1979. He is the author
of three books of poetry, most recently Amorica,
and a number of translations of contemporary Arabic poetry.
His work has won two Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship,
and awards from the Academy of American Poets, PEN, and NEA.
6 x 9, 380 pages
ISBN 978-1-55728-912-4 | 1-55728-912-3