Exploring Nima's identity as an Arab American just after 9/11 through verse, Elhillo's novel is startlingly original. It is also a bit weird. The jarring shift from a very realistic depiction of fear and violence in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks into magical realism takes some getting used to. Yasmeen appears first as a voice in Nima's head, changes to another physical person and then takes over Nima's self, before eventually becoming a conscience or some sort of jinn. If you like the vagueness of this idea and a story whose meaning is open for discussion and debate, this is a great choice for you. I found the verse hard to read and was put off by the story. Pretty but tedious.
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