Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber
A Novel

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“Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right—forensically and psychologically.”—Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun

In this "mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision" (Miami Herald), a series of crib deaths in Syracuse, New York, draws the attention of police and national media. Is a serial infant murderer at large?A "haunting story, icy cold in its upstate New York setting but glowing with the unusual brightness of its heroine" (Eugene Weekly), Origin stars a solitary fingerprint examiner who finds herself playing a critical role in the case. Diana Abu-Jaber, a "gifted and graceful writer" (Chicago Tribune), masterfully "transcends formula" (Kirkus Reviews) as "the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events" (New York Daily News). Reading group guide included.

About Diana Abu-Jaber

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Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, and The Language of Baklava. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, the New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.
Published May 17, 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this thriller, intuitive skills learned from ape foster parents come in handy.

Nov 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Origin: A Novel

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Soon other SIDS-apparent cases start to look suspicious, and the search for the origin of death parallels, then overlaps, the hunt for the true origin of Lena's life.

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Amy Driscoll New York Daily News 4 of 5 Stars "As Abu-Jaber ties her fragile heroine’s past to her fraught present, the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events."

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