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Arab American Literature: Fiction

This LibGuide highlights the works of Arab American authors.


This section highlights works of fiction by Arab American writers.










Authors & Works

Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of both her American and Jordanian experiences, as well as cross-cultural issues, especially culinary reflections, appear in her work.

Fiction Works: 

Birds of Paradise


Arabian Jazz


Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the Six Day War of 1967, when her family's land was seized and Israel captured what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem. She moved to the USA as a teenager, graduated in biomedical science and established a career in medical science.

Fiction Works: 

Mornings in Jenin

The Blue Between Sky and Water

Against the loveless world

Laila Halaby

Born in Lebanon to a Jordanian father and an American mother, Laila Halaby won a Fulbright scholarship to study folklore in Jordan and holds a master's degree in Arabic literature.

Fiction Works:

Once in a Promised Land

West of the Jordan

Lena Mahmoud

The author of Amreekiya, an Arab American Book Award winner and a finalist for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Lena has also received a Pushcart nomination for her personal essay “The Psyche of a Palestinian American Writer,” published in Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Fiction Works:


Nevien Shaabneh

Nevien Shaabneh is a certified Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity specialist, keynote speaker, and published novelist from the Chicagoland area. She is featured in the American Medina Exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.

Fiction Works:

Secrets Under the Olive Tree

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