Books by Diana Abu-Jaber

BIRDS OF PARADISE by Diana Abu-Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"In this provocative exploration of the fault lines of loyalty and guilt, Abu-Jaber's searing perceptions, particularly about parents and children, more than make up for a less than convincing ending or an occasional lapse into overlabored prose."
Abu-Jaber (Origin, 2007, etc.) uses a plot staple of standard-issue domestic melodrama—a family dealing with a runaway daughter—to develop a meticulous, deeply moving portrayal of imperfect human beings struggling to do right. Read full book review >
ORIGIN by Diana Abu-Jaber
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 25, 2007

"Haunted, moving crime fiction."
A moody thriller from Arab-American Abu-Jaber (The Language of Baklava, 2005, etc.) that transposes the author's usual questions of identity onto a young lab tech who believes she was raised by apes. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF BAKLAVA by Diana Abu-Jaber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2005

"Food as a way to remember or a way to forget—either way, Abu-Jaber gets it just right."
Stories of family and food that spread out like pancake batter on a griddle are about "grace, difference, faith, and love," writes Abu-Jaber (Crescent, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
CRESCENT by Diana Abu-Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"What might have been the stuff of any romance is forged into a powerful story about the loneliness of exile and the limits of love. An impressive second outing by Abu-Jaber (Arabian Jazz, 1993)."
A timely fiction about Iraqi intellectuals in Los Angeles blends the whimsy of Scheherazade-style storytelling with the urgency of contemporary politics. Read full book review >
ARABIAN JAZZ by Diana Abu-Jaber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

You're an Arab-American writing about your community in your first novel. Read full book review >