Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber
Miami, Florida and Portland, Oregon

Recent works: The Language of Baklava, 2005; Crescent, 2003; Arabian Jazz, 1993

Favorite Writers: Virginia Woolf, Leo Tolstoy, James Joyce, Arundhati Roy, Louise Erdrich, Michael Ondaatje, Lorrie Moore.

Quote: Like most writers, I just aim to tell the truest story I can. I try to create characters who are authentic, no matter what their culture or nationality is, and I try to tell their stories in ways that feel emotionally honest and compelling. We must be allowed to construct all sorts of extended narratives, characters and reflections if we ever want Arab–American experience and sensibility to gain a presence in the global imagination.

Photo by Basil Childers
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