Book Reading/Signing: Book Reading with Patricia Sarrrafian Ward

Wed, August 6, 2003 5:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts Presents:

Patricia Sarrafian Ward reading from her novel The Bullet Collection

About the book:

Although there have been many novels "inspired" by the Lebanese CivilWar, the great majority are in Arabic and not always accessible, evenin translations. Ward's text is confident in its English, so much sothat the author uses italicized Lebanese words and idioms comfortably,without the need to explain. The novel is also unique in its use of achild narrator, part Lebanese/Armenian, part American, who experiencesin a multiplicity of ways the damages of war. Marianna is observant,petulant, angry, depressed, confused, wistful, rebellious, and in waysthat differ from her sister Alaine, damaged goods. The story of herfamily, vacillating between time periods and continents, holds thereader's attention, mainly because we come to care for the familymembers themselves. In fact, I was especially pleased that Ward wasable to maintain a plotline and a host of engaging characters while, atthe same time, narrating the complex emotional dimensions of the war.Many other "war novels" have drowned in the war itself.

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