Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, The Language of Baklava, and Birds of Paradise. She has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and other prizes. Her writing appears in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, The New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She is frequently featured on National Public Radio. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.
ABOUT THE BOOK: In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still
haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter,
Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of
modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house
or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an
exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate
attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a
trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss,
and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty
secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family
and her sense of self forever.
This multilayered novel about a family that comes apart at the seams—and finds its way together again—is totally involving and deeply satisfying, a glorious feast of a book.