Thursday, December 13, 2007

Diana Abu-Jaber's "Origin"

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Crescent, which was awarded the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction and the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award and was named one of the twenty best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor, and Arabian Jazz, which won the 1994 Oregon Book Award and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

She applied the "Page 99 Test" to her latest novel, Origin, and reported the following:
In Origin, p. 99 is an emotionally intense scene for Lena, the main character, in which she reveals her pain over her ex-husband's betrayals. She and her ex, Charlie, are out at a restaurant, and while Charlie confronts Lena over her connection to a new man, she muses over the way their marriage had devastated her. It's a scene that goes to the heart of some of the greatest vulnerability and pain in the novel, dished up over a simple dinner of prime rib and potatoes.
Read an excerpt from Origin, and learn more about the writer and her work at Diana Abu-Jaber's website.

--Marshal Zeringue