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Ghady & Rawan (Emerging Voices from the Middle East) (Paperback)

Ghady & Rawan (Emerging Voices from the Middle East) By Fatima Sharafeddine, Samar Mahfouz Barraj, Sawad Hussain (Translated by), M. Lynx Qualey (Translated by) Cover Image
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Ghady and Rawan is a heartfelt and timely novel by the award-winning author Fatima Sharafeddine (The Servant, Cappuccino) and Samar Mahfouz Barraj. The novel follows the close-knit friendship of two Lebanese teenagers, Ghady, who lives with his family in Belgium, and Rawan, who lives in Lebanon. Ghady’s family travels every summer to Beirut, where Ghady gets to spend all his time with Rawan and their other friends, enjoying their freedom from school. During the rest of the year, he and Rawan keep in touch by email. Through this correspondence, we learn about the daily ups and downs of their lives in Brussels and Beirut, including Ghady’s homesickness and his struggles with racism at school, as well as Rawan’s changing relationship to her family. The novel offers a glimpse into the lives of Lebanese adolescents while exploring a range of topics relevant to young people everywhere: bullying, parental conflicts, racism, belonging and identity, and peer pressure. Through the connection between the two main characters, Sharafeddine and Mahfouz Barraj show how the love and support of a good friend can help you through difficulties as well as sweeten life’s triumphs and good times.

About the Author

Fatima Sharafeddine is a writer, translator, and editor of children’s and young adult literature living in Beirut and Brussels. She has written and published over 120 books, many of which have been translated into various languages.

Samar Mahfouz Barraj is a prominent and award-winning Lebanese writer of children’s and young adult literature in Arabic who has published sixty-one books.

Praise For…

A heartfelt and beautifully written page-turner.
— Kirkus, Starred Review

Ghady & Rawan explores the daily conflicts of adolescents in mature yet refreshing letters between the two characters. The perspective shifts every chapter, giving readers a very personal glimpse while showing just how different each character's experiences are. Through it all, Sharafeddine and Barraj do not depict life in one city as better than the other; rather, the novel focuses on human struggles that unite them both: fear, loss, and change.
— Al Jadid
Product Details
ISBN: 9781477318522
ISBN-10: 1477318526
Publisher: Ctr for Middle Eastern Studies UT-Austin
Publication Date: August 1st, 2019
Pages: 134
Language: English
Series: Emerging Voices from the Middle East

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