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A Trumpet in the Wadi (1987)
by Sami Michael
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743244966, Hardcover)Coming of age during the 1982 Arab-Israeli conflict in Lebanon, fatherless sisters Huda and Mary, Arabians living in the Jewish city of Haifa, find their lives impacted by new neighbor Alex, a trumpet-playing Jewish Russian who awakens Huda's despairing soul and prompts Mary's dangerous foray into a
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"Set in the months preceeding the 1982 Israeli-Arab conflict in Lebanon, this tale is the coming-of-age story of two fatherless Christian Arab sisters, Huda and Mary, who live in the wadi - the Arab quarter in the jewish city of Haifa on the northern coast of Israel. An extraordinary bond of love and mutual respect unites the sisters - polar opposites from their appearances to their tempers. Huda, the narrator of the story, is thin and withdrawn and, after abandoning her chance at marriage a few years back, has prematurely resigned herself to the monotonous life of an old maid. Her younger sister, Mary, is voluptuous, carnal, and perenially unemployed. Wrapped in the love of their sometimes bitter mother, their iconoclast grandfather, and the cheerful and omnipresent neighbor Jamilla, the sisters' lives change when a peculiar young Russian Jewish immigrant, Alex, moves into the upstairs flat. The melodies of this soulful trumpet player become the intoxicating theme music for Huda's unexpected reawakening - and for Mary's dangerous foray into a love triangle with the heir of the local Muslim mob and her country cousin."--BOOK JACKET.
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