Towelhead

Towelhead

Things look very bad for Jasira until a pregnant neighbour, Melina, offers her a lifeline, and in the novel's hilarious, and heartbreaking climax, manages to bring father and daughter, finally, a little closer to one another.

Author: Alicia Erian

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472226655

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Funny, disturbing, completely compelling, TOWELHEAD was picked as a New York Times Notable Book of 2005. Jasira, a teenaged Arab-American girl, is sent away by her mother to live with her father, after the mother's boyfriend begins paying her too much attention. But Jasira's father is unable to show her the affection she craves, or to handle her feelings about her rapidly changing body. America is about to go to war in Kuwait, and Jasira becomes ever more isolated at school, and begins to look for love in all the wrong places. Mr Vuoso, a neighbour and army reservist who catches her looking at his copy of Playboy while she is babysitting his son, is quick to take advantage of her vulnerability. Things look very bad for Jasira until a pregnant neighbour, Melina, offers her a lifeline, and in the novel's hilarious, and heartbreaking climax, manages to bring father and daughter, finally, a little closer to one another.
Categories: Fiction

Modern Arab American Fiction

Modern Arab American Fiction

Before I move into a textual analysis, I would like to look briefly at some of the
controversy that Towelhead has generated. I do so not to reduce the novel to
sociologica, but to highlight how issues of ethnicity and representation are
integral to ...

Author: Steven Salaita

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815651048

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 154

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Exploring the works of such best-selling authors as Rabih Alameddine, Mohja Kahf, Laila Halaby, Diana Abu-Jaber, Alicia Erian, and Randa Jarrar, Salaita highlights the development of each author’s writing and how each has influenced Arab American fiction. He examines common themes including the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Lebanese Civil War of 1975–90, the representation and practice of Islam in the United States, social issues such as gender and national identity in Arab cultures, and the various identities that come with being Arab American. Combining the accessibility of a primer with in-depth critical analysis, Modern Arab American Fiction is suitable for a broad audience, those unfamiliar with the subject area, as well as scholars of the literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Alan Ball

Alan Ball

Towelhead. CYNTHIA LUCIA / 2008 From Cineaste Magazine, July 2008.
Reprinted by permission. Sexual abuse in ... Ball's adaptation of Towelhead
captures both the drama and humor of Erian's very engaging novel as it explores
the sexual ...

Author: Thomas Fahy

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617038785

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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Alan Ball: Conversations features interviews that span Alan Ball’s entire career and include detailed observations and insights into his Academy Award–winning film American Beauty and Emmy Award–winning television shows Six Feet Under and True Blood. Ball began his career as a playwright in New York, and his work soon caught the attention of Hollywood television producers. After writing for the sitcoms Grace Under Fire and Cybill, Ball turned his attention to the screenplay that would become American Beauty. The critical success of this film opened up exciting possibilities for him in the realm of television. He created the critically acclaimed show Six Feet Under, and after the series finale, he decided to explore the issue of American bigotry toward the Middle East in his 2007 play All That I Will Ever Be and the film Towelhead, which he adapted and directed in the same year. Ball returned to television once again with the series True Blood—an adaptation of the humorous, entertaining, and erotic world of Charlaine Harris’s vampire novels. In 2012 Ball announced that he would step down as executive producer of True Blood, in part, to produce both a new television series and his latest screenplay, What’s the Matter with Margie?
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Book Review Digest

The Book Review Digest

( Publisher's note ) REVIEW : Libr ] v130 no3 p114 F 15 2005 REVIEW : N Y
Times Book Rev v110 no15 p14 Ap 10 2005. Jeff Giles ( 1000 + W ) “ Erian's
prose sounds convincingly like an adolescent's — in a good way — and
Towelhead ' has ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015064843611

Category: Bibliography

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Hope for Film

Hope for Film

He had optioned the book Towelhead, Alicia Erian's novel about a thirteen-year-
old Lebanese American girl coming of age in the cruelest ofways. We read it and
we loved it. It was about something important, and it was sure to offend people, ...

Author: Ted Hope

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 9781619023956

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 375

An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry’s most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. Ted Hope, whose films have garnered 12 Oscar nominations, draws from his own personal experiences working on the early films of Ang Lee, Eddie Burns, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz and other indie mavericks, relating those decisions that brought him success as well as the occasional failure. Whether navigating negotiations with Harvey Weinstein over final cuts or clashing with high-powered CAA agents over their clients, Hope offers behind-the-scenes stories from the wild and often heated world of low-budget cinema—where art and commerce collide. As mediator between these two opposing interests, Hope offers his unique perspective on how to make movies while keeping your integrity intact and how to create a sustainable business enterprise out of that art while staying true to yourself. Against a backdrop of seismic changes in the indie-film industry, from corporate co-option to the rise of social media, Hope for Film provides not only an entertaining and intimate ride through the ups and downs of the business of art-house movies over the last 25 years, but also hope for its future.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Publishers Weekly

The Publishers Weekly

Towelhead Starring Aaron Eckhart , Toni Collecte , Maria Bello Directed by Alan
Ball Release date August 15 ( Warner Independent Pictures , limited ) Based on
the novel by Alicia Erian ( Simon & Schuster , Apr .; 50,000 trade paper ) The ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822036343069

Category: American literature

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Categories: American literature

New York

New York

( Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard an African - American classmate , Thomas no
men appear ) was novel for its day in ... is potentially incendiary material might be
partly intentional : As the women ALAN BALL'S Towelhead is a faithful adap for
the ...

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ISBN: NWU:35556038760039

Category: New York (N.Y.)

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Smut

Smut

202 Alicia Erian is the author of a novel , Towelhead , and a collection of short
stories , The Brutal Language of Love . A film version of Towelhead , written and
directed by Alan Ball , will be released later this year . Will Heinrich was born in ...

Author: Nerve. Com

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0811859835

Category: Fiction

Page: 207

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Finally, erotica you'll still respect in the morning. The first in a series of annual anthologies, Smut presents 22 pieces of Nerve.com's most talked-about fiction. More fearless, forthright, and provocative than typical 'erotica' and less blockheadedly masculine than your standard 'pornography,'Smut collects clich -shattering stories from some of today's most talented writers. In the hands of celebrated authors such as Robert Olen Butler, Aimee Bender, A. M. Holmes, Jay McInerney, and Alice Sebold, seductive entanglements become not only salaciously steamy, but finely wrought. It's literature of the highest order: intelligent, undeniably hot, and in a package to die for. Really, what more could a person ask for in bed?
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World Literature Today

World Literature Today

Sarrafian Ward ; West of Jordan , by Laila Halaby ; and Towelhead , by Alicia
Erian . ... rather than use these three novels as the basis for generalization , we
should consider how each escapes mainstream expectations ( though Erian ' s
book ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105029523813

Category: Bibliography

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Mr Wrong

Mr  Wrong

She is the author of The Brutal Language of Love , a short - story collection , and
the novel Towelhead . Susan Jane Gilman is the author of the bestselling memoir
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and the humorous feminist tome Kiss My ...

Author: Harriet Brown

Publisher:

ISBN: 0345490215

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 259

View: 850

In a collection of essays, leading writers share personal experiences of the men in their lives, from a Mr. Wrong who receives an unexpected comeuppance to a study of the dark side of loving and longing.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Elle

Elle

The The fellow in question is Henry Perowne , a London novel is a brilliant paean
to life ' s allusive nature , to its ... HAVE A PROBLEM CHILD I L I - - - L IP Erian
HEADS Alicia Erian ' s subtly smart debut novel , Towelhead ( Simon & Schuster )
 ...

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ISBN: IND:30000107551313

Category: Fashion

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Categories: Fashion

The Advocate

The Advocate

In order to fund his mother ' s care , he comes up with a novel scheme : He ' ll
pretend to choke at restaurants and then leech ... What ' s gay about it :
Towelhead ' s taboo - breaker is out writer - director Alan Ball , who ' s tackling his
first major ...

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ISBN: UOM:49015003465532

Category: AIDS (Disease)

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Categories: AIDS (Disease)

Bomb

Bomb

Part of what does become central is the book ' s translation from Russian . In the
original , the language When I read Alicia Erian ' s remarkable first novel ,
Towelhead , I thought of the romanticized image from the film American Beauty :
the ...

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ISBN: UCSD:31822030114839

Category: Arts, Latin American

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Categories: Arts, Latin American

The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter

WITH Warner Independent ' s " Towelhead , " the story of a Lebanese - American
girl coping with puberty and older ... Then my agent called and said , “ I just got
this manuscript I think you should read ” ( Alicia Erian ' s novelTowelhead ” ) .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133495742

Category: Motion pictures

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Categories: Motion pictures

Dark Roots

Dark Roots

Devastating, evocative, richly comic, and “full of provocative messages, tantalizingly revealed”, Dark Roots deftly unveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures and the coincidences that drive our lives (O, The Oprah ...

Author: Cate Kennedy

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802199186

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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“Heartbreakingly detailed . . . vibrant—and vital” prize-winning stories by an Australian contributor to The New Yorker (Entertainment Weekly). In this “coolly exact . . . sharp, evocative and often poetic” collection of award-winning short fiction, Cate Kennedy daringly travels to the deepest depths of the human psyche to explore the collision between simmering inner lives, the cold outside world, and the hidden motivations that propel us all to act (The New York Times Book Review). Kennedy captures entire lives, expertly documenting the risks and compromises made in both forging and escaping relationships. Her “17 standout stories” are populated by people on the brink: whether it’s a woman floundering with her own loss and emotional immobility as her lover lies in a coma; a neglected wife who cannot convince her husband of the truth about his two brutish, shamelessly libidinous friends; or a married woman who comes to realize that her too-tight wedding ring isn’t the only thing that’s stuck in her relationship (Elle). Each character must make a choice and none is without consequence—even the smallest decisions have the power to destroy or renew, to recover and relinquish. Devastating, evocative, richly comic, and “full of provocative messages, tantalizingly revealed”, Dark Roots deftly unveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures and the coincidences that drive our lives (O, The Oprah Magazine). “With an effortless talent for the comic and the chilling, Cate Kennedy has crafted stories that are sly, seductive, and surprising. A standout debut” (Alicia Erian, author of Towelhead).
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Nine Novels by Younger Americans

Nine Novels by Younger Americans

... ashes from his cigar into the ashtray in front of him . “ Hey , I read your script , ”
the main executive said without any indignation . “ Or somebody did . Anyway ,
minority shminority . Nobody wants to hear some sob story about a towelhead .

Author: Sara Bradshaw

Publisher: 826 Valencia

ISBN: 0977084442

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 864

View: 326

This anthology collects nine exceptional novels that were written by high school students from New York City during the summer of 2005 in 826NYC's Young Adult Writers' Colony. Ranging from comedic, to fiercly political, to deeply personal, these novels are immensely entertaining and forecast a bright future for this brand new generation of novelists. As novelist Richard Powers says in his foreword, "There comes a time when we must decide whether we love the world enough to hand it over to its next lover . . . [This is a book of] nine worlds that nine people could not find and so had to make themselves. Here it is before you: how the story ends this time. And how it starts again."
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Booker Prize Novels 1969 2005

Booker Prize Novels  1969 2005

Author: Merritt Moseley

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: STANFORD:36105126927388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 467

View: 584

The Booker Prize, renamed in 2002 to the Man Booker Prize, is the most prestigious literary award given in the United Kingdom and one of the two or three most esteemed such awards in the world and confers literary recognition on novels that reflect and portray the state of culture. Discusses the impact the Booker Prize had on the world of books, the history of the Booker Prize, the rules and judging, and the various controversies that arose over awarding this prize.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Glamour

Glamour

A Novel Louise Bagshawe. getting them to dye their hair strange colors. General
nastiness. If you didn't ... And make sure to say all your goodbyes to Sally and the
towelhead.” “I told you to get out of here. Don't speak like that about Helen.

Author: Louise Bagshawe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440699526

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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The internationally bestselling author of Sparkles is back with an irresistibly juicy novel about three powerful women?once best friends, now deadly rivals Texan honey Sally Lassiter, English rose Jane Morgan, and exotic Jordanian beauty Helen Yanna meet at an exclusive girls? school in L.A. and vow that nothing will ever tear them apart. But when catastrophe strikes, two of the young women find themselves grieving and penniless, and the third will be forced into a fate she could never have foreseen. In their struggle to rebuild their lives, Helen, Sally, and Jane come together to create a high-end department store called Glamour. But as money and recognition rocket them into the spotlight, they quickly discover what happens to promises when money is no object, lust has no bounds, and glamour is worth everything in this seductive rags?to? riches saga.
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Milwaukee Magazine

Milwaukee Magazine

And Ted Hope ( 21 grams ) and Alan Ball ( American Beauty ) are scouting
Wisconsin locaInterior - Computer Room - Daytime tions for a film based on Alicia
Erian's novel Towelhead . Shot of Shot of mucky paper coffee cups near
keyboards .

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ISBN: WISC:89102344827

Category: Milwaukee (Wis.)

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Categories: Milwaukee (Wis.)