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Sweet Dates in Basra: A Novel

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Sweet Dates in Basra: A Novel

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“In this story of love and search for identity, Jessica Jiji succeeds fully in capturing passions, depth of feeling, and strong relationships beyond ethnic and religious differences.”
—Naim Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon


Jessica Jiji’s Sweet Dates in Basra is a compelling, poignant, and unforgettable tale of friendship and family, set in Iraq during the second world war. A dramatic departure from Jiji’s previous novel, Diamonds Take Forever, Sweet Dates in Basra brilliantly captures the atmosphere of a volatile Middle East during the previous century and pays tribute to the lost traditions of a once-idyllic world.

The daughter of an Iraqi immigrant, Jessica Jiji is a speechwriter for the secretary-general of the United Nations. Her first novel, Diamonds Take Forever, was published in 2005. She lives in New York City with her husband and three sons.

ISBN: 9780061689307

ISBN-10: 9780061689307

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: 04/27/2010 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/27/2010 - 12:00am

Pages: 368

Language: English



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