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Commended for National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction) 2014
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An Unnecessary Woman (häftad)

An Unnecessary Woman

Häftad Engelska, 2015-01-22
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Winner of the California Book Award Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for the National Book Award "Beautiful and absorbing."--New York Times An Unnecessary Woman is a breathtaking portrait of one reclusive woman's late-life crisis, which garnered a wave of rave reviews and love letters to Alameddine's cranky yet charming septuagenarian protagonist, Aaliya, a character you "can't help but love" (NPR). Aaliya's insightful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and her volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left. Here, the gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East and an enduring ode to literature and its power to define who we are. "A paean to the transformative power of reading, to the intellectual asylum from one's circumstances found in the life of the mind."--LA Review of Books "[The novel] throbs with energy...[Aaliya's] inventive way with words gives unfailing pleasure, no matter how dark the events she describes, how painful the emotions she reveals."--Washington Post
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Finalist for the National Book Award Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Washington Post Top 50 Fiction Books of 2014; Kirkus Best Books of 2014; NPR Best Books of 2014; Amazon 100 Best Books of 2014; The Christian Science Monitor Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014 Praise for AN UNNECESSARY WOMAN "An Unnecessary Woman is a meditation on, among other things, aging, politics, literature, loneliness, grief and resilience. If there are flaws to this beautiful and absorbing novel, they are not readily apparent."--New York Times "[I]rresistible... [the author] offers winningly unrestricted access to the thoughts of his affectionate, urbane, vulnerable and fractiously opinionated heroine. Aaliya says that when she reads, she tries to 'let the wall crumble just a bit, the barricade that separates me from the book.' Mr. Alameddine's portrayal of a life devoted to the intellect is so candid and human that, for a time, readers can forget that any such barrier exists."--Wall Street Journal "Alameddine...has conjured a beguiling narrator in his engaging novel, a woman who is, like her city, hard to read, hard to take, hard to know and, ultimately, passionately complex."--San Francisco Chronicle "[An] opaque self-portrait of an utterly beguiling misanthrope... Aaliya notes that: "Reading a fine book for the first time is as sumptuous as the first sip of orange juice that breaks the fast in Ramadan." You don't have to fast first (in fact it helps to have gorged on the books that Aaliya translates and adores) in order to savor Alameddine's succulent fiction."-- Steven G. Kellman, The Boston Globe "You can't help but love this character."--Arun Rath, NPR's All Things Considered "A restlessly intelligent novel built around an unforgettable character...a novel full of elegant, poetic sentences."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "I can't remember the last time I was so gripped simply by a novel's voice. Alameddine makes it clear that a sheltered life is not necessarily a shuttered one. Aaliya is thoughtful, she's complex, she's humorous and critical." "[A] powerful intellectual portrait of a reader who is misread....a meditation on being and literature, written by someone with a passionate love of language and the power of words to compose interior worlds. It's about how, and by what means, we survive. About how, in the end, what is hollow and unneeded becomes full, essential and enduring."--Earl Pike, Cleveland Plain Dealer "Beautiful, smart and often homage to literature."-- Fran Hawthorne, The National "Reading An Unnecessary Woman is about listening to a voice -- Aaliya's -- not cantering through a plot, although powerful events do occur, both in the present and in memory...a fun, and often funny, in quirky metaphors... An Unnecessary Woman is not a game, though; it is a grave, powerful book. It is the hour-by-hour study of a woman who is struggling for dignity with every breath...The meaning of human dignity is perhaps the great theme of literature, and Alameddine takes it on in every page of this extraordinary book."-- Washington Independent Review of Books "Playful, brainy and full of zest, An Unnecessary Woman is an antidote to literary blandness."--Newsday "Aaliya is a formidable character... When An Unnecessary Woman offers her what she regards as the corniest of conceits - a redemption arc - it's a delight to see her take it."--Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor "An Unnecessary Woman is a book lover's book. If you've ever felt not at home in the world--or in your own skin--or preferred the company of a good book to that of an actual person, this book will welcome you with open arms and tell you that you're not alone. You just might find a home within its pages."-- Julie Hakim Azzam, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels Koolaids, I, the Divine, and The Hakawati, and the story collection The Perv.