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by Karim Dimechkie


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ISBN-13:
9781632860583
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/19/2015
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
655,524
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Overview

 

Max lives with his father, Rasheed, and doesn't remember his mother, who was murdered by burglars before father and son were forced from Beirut to New Jersey. Rasheed is enamored of his idea of American culture--baseball and barbecues--and has tried to shed his Lebanese heritage completely: "When we are in America," Reed (for he goes by Reed in America, not Rasheed) tells Max, "we are Americans."

Rasheed has a single purpose in life: to provide Max with a joyful childhood. But sometimes his efforts do more harm than good, and when Max is seventeen, he discovers that his father has been lying to him--about everything--and their peaceful universe is destroyed. Max ventures on an uncertain mission to Beirut to find what he hadn't known was lost.

Lifted by the Great Nothing is a graceful book about the lengths we go to preserve the untruths we live by. With poignant relationships, unsettling misadventures, and surprising love stories, the novel is a touching and devastating portrait of a young man coming to terms with his country's--and his own--violent past.

 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/30/2015
Dimechkie’s debut is a coming-of-age tale loaded with themes and ideas. Max lives in New Jersey with his father, Rasheed, a Lebanese transplant whose mantra is “When we are in America, we are Americans.” Max knows little of his mother, who died when he was very young. Rasheed is a mostly solitary person—despite a brief and disastrous affair with a much younger woman named Kelly, who encourages Max to press his father for details about Max’s mother. Years later, Kelly writes a letter explaining the ways that Rasheed lied to him, at which point Max is already mostly estranged from his father, because of Rasheed’s racism in the face of Max’s friendship with a much older African-American neighbor. Frustrated and confused, Max leaves for Beirut to ferret out the truth about his family. Dimechkie writes without restraint, and the book covers homosexuality, racism, identity politics, and immigration. Eventually, Dimechkie’s wealth of themes gets away from him, and he is unable to give his ideas the nuance they deserve. The book is a well-written, engaging story, a bit too overloaded but nevertheless showing a writer with true potential. (May)

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