Crescent: A Novel - Diana Abu-Jaber

Crescent: A Novel

By Diana Abu-Jaber

  • Release Date: 2004-05-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings


"Abu-Jaber's voluptuous prose features insights into the Arab American community that are wisely, warmly depicted."—San Francisco Chronicle

Sirine, the heroine of this "deliciously romantic romp" (Vanity Fair) is thirty-nine, never married, and living in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles. She has a passion for cooking and works contentedly in a Lebanese restaurant, while her storytelling uncle and her saucy boss, Umm Nadia, believe she should be trying harder to find a husband. One day Hanif, a handsome professor of Arabic literature, an Iraqi exile, comes to the restaurant. Sirine falls in love and finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about Hanif, as well as her own torn identity as an Arab-American.


  • Cresent

    By Babs H
    I liked the book because it was a romantic love story but also had great food references. It told stories of slices of food and slices of life. Set in LA, the author brought in Hollywood the land of the great storytellers and included the uncle a storyteller from the old culture. I was disappointed the book did not include copies of recipes and notes from the author which was in the paperback version.