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The Night Counter Paperback – 15 August 2010

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  • Publisher : CROWN; 1st edition (15 August 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0307453634
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307453631
  • Dimensions : 13.08 x 2.13 x 20.35 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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An immigrant-ethnic cocktail laced with political oppression, but before shaking, [Alia Yunis] adds Scheherazade, the fabled storyteller who kept herself alive by distracting her tyrannical husband for a thousand and one nights. --Carolyn See, Washington Post

Wonderfully imaginative...poignant, hilarious...The branches of this family tree support four generations of achievement, assimilation, disappointment, and dysfunction...Their stories form an affectionate, amusing, intensely human portrait of one family. -Boston Globe

The Abdullahs are anything but a Norman Rockwell painting, but in their own way, they are a very typical American family. They may have their differences but they also have their stories. And, as Scheherazade points out, in the end, that's what holds a family (much like a nation) together. -Christian Science Monitor

THE NIGHT COUNTER, Alia Yunis' first novel, mixes equal parts of magical realism, social commentary, family drama and lighthearted humor to create a delicious and intriguing indulgence worth savoring. -Minneapolis Star Tribune

Yunis, a Chicago-born professor living in Abu Dhabi, weaves a colorful tapestry...rich in character and spirit.-Entertainment Weekly

Little pigs and lost siblings make for decent bedtime story fodder. But the life and times of Fatima Abdullah, the madcap matriarch of Alia Yunis's charming debut, THE NIGHT COUNTER, is even better. -Daily Candy

In this captivating debut, Yunis takes readers on a magic carpet ride....[A] sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always touching tale of a Middle Eastern family putting down deep roots on U.S. soil. -Publishers Weekly

Yunis' book club-ready debut uses The Arabian Nights as a departure point for an immigrant-assimilation story....Emotionally rewarding reading that builds to a poignant and thoroughly satisfying climax. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Yunis' debut is a magical, whimsical read with plenty of humor and heart. -Booklist

A vibrant, moving story that blurs the boundaries of dream and reality, past and present, innocence and wisdom. -Laila Lalami, author of Secret Son

An enchanting debut that winks and glitters like the bangles that line Scheherazade's arms. THE NIGHT COUNTER is funny, sly, charming, delicious, madcap -- and a gorgeous celebration of the way stories weave and shape our lives. -Carolyn Turgeon, author of Godmother

A gracefully-written multi-generational tale--warm, wise, and often funny--that reveals the inevitable illusions that push families apart, and hold them together. -Will North, author of Water, Stone, Heart and The Long Walk Home

About the Author

Raised in Chicago, ALIA YUNIS has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in Los Angeles and the Middle East. Currently a professor of communications at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Yunis is a PEN Emerging Voices fellow. This is her first novel.

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