Cultural Cartography: Randa Jarrar’s A Map of Home

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar is a book that does not fall into a category easily.A Map of Home provides the vivid portrait of a girl, who is Muslim, who is Palestinian and Egyptian and Greek and from Kuwait and born in America, who fulfills her parents’ expectations and dashes them fiercely. Randa Jarrar’s first novel is the story of Nidali, told in first person, through her childhood and adolescence.From the beginning of the novel, with the tale of the protagonist’s birth, A Map of Home is … [Read more...]