New Book Wins AWP Grace Paley Award for Fiction; New from UMass Press
The 2014 winner of the Grace Paley Award is A Curious Land, by Susan Muaddi Darraj. This short story collection about the inhabitants of a Palestinian West Bank village, Tel al-Hilou, spans generations and continents to explore ideas of memory, belonging, connection, and, ultimately, the deepest and richest meaning of home. A Curious Land gives voice to the experiences of Palestinians in the last century.
BookList called it “A superb collection and a perfect selection for public libraries.”
Randa Jarrar described it as “A gorgeous book encompassing a century’s worth of Palestinian and Palestinian-American stories. Chatty, generous, and often hilarious, this book is full of characters you won’t want to leave behind.”
Available for order at http://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/curious-land
Susan Muaddi Darraj