Diana Abu-Jaber’s Birds of Paradise is on bookstore shelves now. Here are five reasons you should read it:
2 – Abu-Jaber responded to sexist remarks from V.S. Naipul with class.
3 – While the names have been changed in Paradise, playing “spot the location” appeals to you.
4 – You love the lyricism of poetry but hate reading actual poetry.
5 – Its an exploration of a family in crisis which will probably struggle to find the accolades afforded a Franzen Freedom or a DeLillo White Noise because the author lacks a penis, but the characters are richer and prose is worlds better.
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