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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Abu-Jaber Narrator: Nike Doukas, Marcelo Tubert Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Half-Iraqi, half-American Sirine is a cook at Nadia’s Cafe, which draws the neighborhood’s Arab students, expatriates, and exiles. All are hungry for “real true Arab food” and connection to their homes. One is Hanif Al Eyad, a new hire in the Near Eastern Studies department at the university who fled Iraq as a young man. Sirine and Han fall in love over food: a baklava they make together, delicate lamb dishes, hummus glistening with olive oil.

Populated by colorful and memorable characters—the lovely Sirine; the handsome Han; Sirine’s story-telling uncle, whose fantastic fables are woven into the novel; a poet named Aziz; Nadia and her daughter Mireille—Crescent explores the universal themes of love and loyalty to countries old and new, to those left behind, and to tradition. Some of the characters are learning to live in one country and let go of another, and some are not—a fact that sparks a surprising ending.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Taina | 2/20/2014

    " Again, this book proves that it is possible to take a cheesy romance novel and pad it up with talk of food and the political situation, making it readable, but never more than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet Smith | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book but have to admit that I skipped over the chapters of the uncle's surreal stories. I was only interested in the main characters life and love situations. I finished this book a while ago so I don't recall tons of details but the gist I remember is this: lonely woman in her 40's, American-born Iraqi, dead parents, loving uncle, meets attractive Iraqi professor and various men at her restaurant...all the men seem to have secrets, She falls in love with the professor. His secrets are of his Iraqi family/culture against his ever-expanding interest in western culture. Ends up in England, LA, then they fall in love and she eventually trusts him. I enjoyed the mystery of his past and the rift of cultures, mistrust, and eventual love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vanessa | 1/31/2014

    " I am in love with this book- universal tale of love but told through the eyes of a half Arab half white American girl living in LA and raised by her Iraqi uncle. The book is filled with food- Abu Jaber's forte- Arabic cuisine and lovely Arabian folklore as told by her uncle. Sweepingly beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/20/2014

    " Even without the absolutely mouth-watering descriptions of Sirine's cooking, this is a wonderfully sensuous novel that captures a whole range of emotions beautifully. I can see now why the person who recommended this one to me speaks so highly of it. "

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About the Author
Author Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Origin, Crescent, The Language of Baklava, and Arabian Jazz. She has won the PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction, the Oregon Book Award, and other prizes. Her writing appears in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Ms., Gourmet, Salon, and Vogue, and she is frequently featured on National Public Radio. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Nike Doukas is an actress who is most recognizable for her recurring role in Desperate Housewives. She performs regularly at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California, and has appeared several times at The Old Globe in San Diego, The Pasadena Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she now lives in Costa Mesa.