May in the Summer

August 20, 2014 1:37 PM

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May in the Summer

Sometimes a journey "home" is an encounter with oneself. May in the Summer tells the story of a young, sophisticated woman who lives in New York and whose first novel was a success. She's engaged and travels home to visit her mother and plan her wedding. While there she must deal with the usual travails of familial discontinuity, a tale that has been told countless times. The difference here is that May's home is in Amman, Jordan. Her mother is a Palestinian who married an American. May and her sisters were raised in the U.S.

Wait, there's more. Her mother is a fundamentalist Christian and May's fiancé is Muslim. Yikes! Amman is not Gaza, but you can see Palestine across the water from a Western style beach resort as you float in the Dead Sea. Oh, and there are not too many women in jogging shorts for the local men to og...

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