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Barry said he knew who it was and that it wasn't very nice, but my mother told him that since he didn't have any kids of his own, he could go ahead and butt out. He was standing there in his sweats and a T-shirt, holding a razor and a can of shaving cream.

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I say that Erian's novel is moving because it's full of images like that one of Jasira, a baffled girl sequestered in a bathroom with a man convinced of his own decency even as he bends down, razor in hand. I say it's nervy because Jasira kind of likes it. Shortly after the episode in the bathroom, her mother sends her to live with her Lebanese-born father in Houston, passing the girl off like a hand grenade with the pin already pulled.

In Texas, Jasira gets called all kinds of racist epithets.

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Still, "Towelhead" is a crass title for Erian's book, partly because it will nudge the slur closer to ubiquity and partly because the novel isn't primarily, or even secondarily, about race and politics. As much as anything, Jasira's being an Arab-American -- at a time when the Persian Gulf war of plays constantly, like background music, on TV -- seems a metaphor for the annihilating loneliness of being What the novel really nails, though, is grown-ups: their delusions, their pettiness, the way they sometimes seem, as a class, uniquely unqualified to raise children. Jasira's father, Rifat, has a don't-ask-don't-tell policy on all matters of a bodily nature, and finds himself buying his daughter underwire bras and maxi-pads with a mix of Old World dignity and undisguised repulsion.

He believes he's protecting his daughter's virtue by, say, refusing to let her wear tampons before she's married.


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But Rifat's values don't survive contact with the world at large. Soon, Jasira is baby-sitting for the Vuosos next door, playing badminton with the odious, year-old Zack who "kept hitting the birdie into my boobs and laughing" , while stealing tampons from his mother and poring cathartically over his father's Playboys. When Mr. Vuoso walks in on one such session, the result is disastrous, not because he's scandalized but because he's titillated. Vuoso is 36 and an Army reservist: a screwed-up, if not malevolent, guy camouflaged in the clothes of a dutiful dad.

He capitalizes on his newfound power over Jasira instantaneously, saying of the Playboys, "Tell me why you like looking at them, and I won't tell your father.

Vuoso arrives at Jasira's house one night when Rifat is out. The violence that ensues would be considered rape by absolutely anyone, with the possible exception of a year-old girl who confuses any form of contact with affection and even the most terrible knowledge with liberation.

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It's always strange to read a novel narrated by a character who doesn't understand the implications of her own story. Erian's prose sounds convincingly like an adolescent's -- in a good way -- and "Towelhead" has a darkly comic undertow.


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  • The novel has already been optioned for the movies by Alan Ball, who wrote "American Beauty" and created "Six Feet Under," which should give you a sense of ground the author is tilling here. Vuoso wasn't going to be nice to me anymore. A young girl whose parents recently went through an ugly divorce, moves to Texas to live with her Lebanese-American dad.

    It is a story that is raw, intense, and extremely I had a hard time getting through this book.

    Towelhead: A Novel - Alicia Erian

    It's painful and honest. But i was encouraged to push through and it was worth it. A very good first novel with an interesting and sad! This is her first novel.

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