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The Hookah Girl

Published by Rosarium Publishing!

In this current political climate, being a Palestinian is a hazard. However, there are common grounds where East meets West. The Hookah Girl is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel of a childhood as a Christian Palestinian in America. Told in short stories and with narrative ranging from growing up in a refugee family to how to roll waraq (stuffed grape leaves), this book is an account of living in two seemingly different cultures that actually aren’t very different at all.

"Marguerite Dabaie is brilliant, and Hookah Girl is a revelation!"

Randa Jarrar, author

The Hookah Girl is a blast of honest, wry and raw humor.... [Dabaie's] art takes us to important and forbidden places … and we are all enriched.”

Steve Brodner, illustrator

“Marguerite Dabaie navigates the swirling confluence of Palestinian heritage and American culture in these proud, poignant, and humorous stories of her upbringing. This is a lovely and humane book.”

Joe Sacco, author/illustrator

“I felt like I was sitting in Dabaie’s childhood home, surrounded by family, home cooking, laughter and stories of their homeland. This is a book that, like its author, refuses to squeeze itself into a box: full of heartbreak and humor, history and pride.”

Sarah Glidden, author/illustrator

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