Bride of the sea : a novel

by Quotah, Eman,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
During a snowy Cleveland February, newlywed university students Muneer and Saeedah are expecting their first child, and he is harboring a secret: the word divorce is whispering in his ear. Soon, their marriage will end, and Muneer will return to Saudi Arabia, while Saeedah remains in Cleveland with their daughter, Hanadi. Consumed by a growing fear of losing her daughter, Saeedah disappears with the little girl, leaving Muneer to desperately search for his daughter for years. The repercussions of the abduction ripple outward, not only changing the lives of Hanadi and her parents, but also their interwoven family and friends--those who must choose sides and hide their own deeply guarded secrets.And when Hanadi comes of age, she finds herself at the center of this conflict, torn between the world she grew up in and a family across the ocean. How can she exist between parents, between countries?Eman Quotah's Bride of the Sea is a spellbinding debut of colliding cultures, immigration, religion, and family; an intimate portrait of loss and healing; and, ultimately, a testament to the ways we find ourselves inside love, distance, and heartbreak.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "First-novelist Quotah offers a gripping story about a family split between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Saeedah and Muneer, living in Cleveland as newlywed university students, drift apart even as they deal with a pregnancy and early parenthood. Following the divorce, Muneer moves back to Jidda; Saeedah, fearing her daughter may be taken from her, chooses to run away with Hanadi and feels forced to live a nomadic life in the U.S. The impact of this choice on these three lives and the way it affects the extended family dynamics is central in Quotah's novel spanning four decades, even as she weaves in the reality of immigrant lives, offers thoughtful observations about religious identity, and provides vignettes of Saudi culture. Muneer's yearning to meet his lost daughter, Saeedah's sense of fear about losing herself and her daughter, and Hanadi become Hannah's coming to terms with the emotional roller coaster of her childhood are all captured with emotional urgency. Geopolitics is integral to the story, serving as a backdrop for all the developments. Quotah's deft characterization and pacing, combined with an inside look at Saudi Arabian life, make this debut a compelling and worthy read."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Quotah's alluring debut follows star-crossed Cleveland newlyweds Muneer and Saeedah through their brief marriage and its lengthy aftermath. In 1970, with a baby on the way and a lively extended family, a dark specter looms over the marriage of the two Saudi Arabian immigrants, as Muneer has doubts about the permanence of their union. Friends since childhood, the couple is inherently mismatched: Saeedah is outspoken and restless, clashing with Muneer's staunch sense of calm and order. After six years of marriage, the two divorce, and Muneer returns to Saudi Arabia while Saeedah remains in Cleveland with their daughter, Hanadi, now five. Saeedah's overprotectiveness of Hanadi and resentfulness toward Muneer spur her to disappear with their daughter, and Muneer spends years searching for his child. This estrangement and the inevitable, volatile father-daughter reunion when Hanadi is 17 cause rifts throughout Hanadi's adult life as she attempts to reconcile with her painful past. The narrative's delicacy belies the weight of its themes, and descriptions are etched with precision (Saeedah's "nerves are elastic pulled tight"). Quotah's resonant, neatly plotted outing will be a treat for readers who love fractured family dramas. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- United States -- Fiction.
Saudi Arabians -- United States -- Fiction.
Parent and child -- Fiction.
Spouses -- Fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Portland, Oregon :2021
Edition First US edition.
Language English
Notes Includes reader's guide.
Description 303 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781951142452
1951142454
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