Summary Everything Blooms
T the Author Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is the Syrian American author of the forthcoming debut novel The Map of Salt and Stars TouchstoneSimon Schuster 2018 She is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers RAWI a Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation VONA and Tin House Writers Workshop alum and a 2017–2020 Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellow in fiction Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review PANK Magazine The Saturday Evening Post The Normal School and elsewhere About the Guest Editor Mizna is a Twin Cities non profit arts organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture We publish the literary journal Mizna Prose Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festiva.
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In “Everything Blooms” Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar places the reader between a record shop of a small town in rural Pennsylvania and Homs Syria a city devastated by war We are distinctly between the old and the new the diaspora and the home that was and between an old man and his eyeglasses Basim is an older man a record shop owner and is nearly blind without his glasses He is visited in his shop by a young boy whose father has recently passed away The boy named Nagib but who goes by Nate says his father recalled Basim as the “only other Syrian in the whole country” The reader knows this can’t be true but the sentiment coupled with the fact that Basim did not know the boy’s father in the small town or in Homs sets the scene places us in the in between Sonia Ali Abou.
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