Out of It by Selma Dabbagh
A Novel

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...Out of It manages to fit in a great deal without feeling crowded. Dabbagh does group scenes best of all, finely observing and analysing power relationships, and masterfully evokes the complexity of family relationships...
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Gaza is being bombed. Rashid - a young, clever Palestinian - has been smoking grass on the roof watching it happen when he gets the e-mail he has been desperate for: he's won a scholarship to London. Rashid's sister, Iman, frustrated by the atrocities and inaction around her, is beginning to take an interest in an Islamic resistance group. Sabri, their intellectual older brother, is working on a history of Palestine from his wheelchair while their mother pickles vegetables and feuds with the neighbours.

Out of It follows the lives of Rashid and Iman as they try to forge places for themselves in the midst of occupation, the growing divide between Palestinian factions, and the rise of fundamentalism. Written with extraordinary humanity and humour, and moving between Gaza, London and the Gulf, this book helps to re-define Palestine and its people.
 

About Selma Dabbagh

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Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer based in London. Her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including those published by Granta and International PEN. They have also been nominated for the International PEN David TK Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize. Out of It is her first novel.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by Robin Yassin-Kassab on Jan 06 2012

...Out of It manages to fit in a great deal without feeling crowded. Dabbagh does group scenes best of all, finely observing and analysing power relationships, and masterfully evokes the complexity of family relationships...

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