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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The Woman Who Walked into Doors. Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land”. Hardcoverpages. Jassim and Salwa Haddad live comfortably with well-paying jobs, fancy cars and more space and privacy than they ever had in Jordan. Jassim was unable to tell his wife that he killed a young man who skateboarded into his Mercedes’ path. Aug 03, Yasmeen Al-Shehab rated it really liked it. How do you interpret the folk tale? Amazon Inspire Lnad Educational Resources.

I couldn’t put this book down. Jan 06, Ben Babcock rated it liked it Shelves: There is no glossing over pain here, but the power of telling-richly human voices and the redemption of honesty.


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I was completely in the characters’ world — Jordanian and American — Halabj was in Tucson, AZ; I was in their cool, clean house; I was in their confused heads. 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.

Once in a Promised Land

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Laila Halaby has captured the human condition perfectly here.

But I have been enjoying the series and the discussions so much and wanted to stick with it. Read it Forward Read it first.

Once in a Promised Land by Laila Halaby

It isn’t entirely irredeemable, but The House that Jack Built’ s familiar gimmicks say halagy more about Lars von Trier as a brand than as a provocateur or artist. Questions for Discussion Salwa and Jassim find themselves surrounded by hostility after the attacks on the World Trade Center. As each turn to others in their separate professional and social circles, the results are secrets, lies and further tragedy.

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She describes complicated, culture-spanning lives in a poetic prose that is clean and compelling. From the Hardcover edition. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Jassim, trying to cope with the guilt and shame over taking someone’s life, is at the lnd time dealing with sudden hostility and suspicions from his co-workers and the scrutiny of the FBI as well.


Why can’t Salwa see the negative side of him that is so obvious to other people Petra and Randa for example? Today we have something special for you The Best World Music of Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Each of the characters were so flawed that I would not have associated with them. Viewpoint of middle eastern couple in America. Prommised is a hydrologist, and his wife, Salwa, is a banker and trainee real estate broker; they have lived in Tucson for about ten years.

Goldsmith When Islamic rogues crashed airliners into the New York’s twin towers and Washington’s Pentagon, life changed for all Americans.