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by Diana Abu-Jaber

eBook Origin: A Novel download ISBN: 0393331555
Author: Diana Abu-Jaber
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (May 17, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 384
ePub: 1621 kb
Fb2: 1128 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers and Suspense

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Origin A Novel ISBN:9780393064551. Diana Abu-Jaber (Arabic: ديانا أبو جابر) is Jordanian American author and a professor at Portland State University. She was born in Syracuse, New York. Her father was Jordanian and her mother was American, descended from Irish and German roots.

Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right-forensically and psychologically

A multilayered, beautifully textured novel about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami. Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right-forensically and psychologically. -Sarah Weinman, Baltimore SunIn this "mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision" (Miami Herald), a series of crib deaths in Syracuse, New York, draws the attention of police and national media.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book - very different from the other two works I have read by this author. I am perhaps biased because I live 50 miles north of Syracuse and the locations mentioned in the.

Entertainment Weekly. It would be nice to report that Abu-Jaber approaches the ape angle with a sense of humor, but she is apparently quite in earnest. The thriller elements of Origin are strong enough to make you want to keep reading, but you won't be able to help rolling your eyes.

Diana Abu-Jaber knows how to haunt a reader. She knows how to forge bonds between characters that are simultaneously poignant and realistic. It is quite a feat to write literature that is so innately personal without ever allowing it to become maudlin. Overall, then, a book that I'd recommend despite its many annoyances.

Fans of Diana Abu-Jaber's warm tales of life in an Arab-American family will find her new novel a stark and perhaps .

Fans of Diana Abu-Jaber's warm tales of life in an Arab-American family will find her new novel a stark and perhaps disconcerting departure. Origin is a mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision. In Origin, she strikes out in a new direction, crafting a suspenseful mystery with a much harder edge. Look closer, though, and the threads that connect this book with previous works become visible.

Focusing on updates on literary stuff-readings, novels, memoirs- my own and others'. All those good things. 21 November at 07:43 ·. This is beautiful: stories give us a home. From Open Sesame to Sesame Street, storytelling transcends place and time, and home is a location in the heart.

Diana Abu-Jaber (Arabic: ديانا أبو جابر) is an American author and a professor at Portland State University. Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York and grew up in Euclid, New York. At the age of seven she moved with her family for two years to Jordan

"Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right―forensically and psychologically." ―Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun

Secretly, in her heart of hearts, Lena Dawson hides the strangest of beliefs about her childhood. Hiding behind a cool competence as a superb fingerprint analyst in a crime lab in snowy Syracuse, New York, she feels totally out of place in the ordinary world of human interaction. Especially since the controlling husband who guided and protected her, then cheated and left her (though now he wants her back). Her uncanny ability to read a crime scene draws her into investigating a mysterious series of crib deaths―but ultimately the most difficult puzzle she must solve is the one of her own origins.

Diana Abu-Jaber, a “gifted and graceful writer” (Chicago Tribune), masterfully “transcends formula” (Kirkus Reviews) as “the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events” (New York Daily News).

Comments: (7)
Hasirri
Good descriptive writer with an unusual storyline. Very weird main character with rather far out background and search f. Might not for self identity. Hard to understand her suitor's reason for his interest. Crib death mystery kept me reading, but I could have skipped tje parallel plot. Might have skipped over parts of the book had it not been our book club choice. You might like it if you enjoy your reading a bit out there.
AnnyMars
This book is a murder mystery but much more. The cold OD Syracuse is just on the other side of the rain Forrest as Lena explores her origins. The cold gives way to spring as Lena grows and unfolds while searching for a baby killer and her own baby past. Traveling along with Lena is a pleasure and a surprise. The author pulls you along to a very satisfying conclusion. I’ll be watching for more books by this author.
Nalmezar
On the surface this is a standard police-procedural thriller from the lab side a la CSI, but the surface is a very thin thing. Origin is a character story, all built around the life and history of the protagonist, Lena.

From the get go you're given to understand that she's slightly off-kilter. She accepts this in herself. Her friends and her separated husband all encourage her to get out and do human things. Because she is too isolated, and because she doesn't see herself as human enough. While dealing with an SIDS case (a series of them in fact) she starts to look back on her own childhood, her own history and its oddities. She starts to ask questions of herself, and what facts she finds are interesting, but the important discovery is that true acceptance of self.

One thing I'll point out, about 3/4s of the way through the almost-ex husband, Charlie, completely drops out of the story. I'm not UNHAPPY about that so much, as he is/was a pig, but it seems unlikely based on the development of his character in the early portion of the book that he would just disappear. He's a pretty possessive person, and she was having problems, so as utterly unlikable as he is/was I didn't feel that the book had real closure without him somewhere in the picture. Even if it was just for her to say, "Divorce."

(And let's be honest, she should totally slap him with divorce papers.)
superstar
I hadn't ever read anything else by Abu-Jaber, but something about the description of this book really grabbed me. It turned out to be even more engaging than I had imagined. The heroine, Lena, has a half-remembered, distorted recollection of her early life that becomes entangled with a series of baby killings that surface in Syracuse, NY. As a forensic specialist, her investigation of the deaths--are they really murders or SIDS cases?--Lena is forced to confront her own origins. Abu-Jaber's descriptive powers are gorgeous, evoking the seemingly endless cold and snow of upstate NY, as well as Lena's journey of self-discovery, both of her past and her present relationships. This is a book worth reading!
zmejka
Author is good at creating atmosphere and character. You walked and lived in rooms and streets along with the characters. Much of the book took place in the winter in Syracuse, NY. So in my mind, the book was grey, freezing, windy along with the story. So it had a film noir kind of quality.

You live Lena's days/nights right along with her. I like books that have you living in the character's world in a visceral way.

When Lena rode the city buses at night, my mind added in additional details like swirling loose pages of newspapers inside the bus and the changes of gravity as buses make wide turns, etc. because the author did a good job of pulling you into a world you really lived in. Some people don't like books that have a lot of place details but this book doesnt over do it or use more than simple words.

By the middle of the book there are a lot of "who did it" and "what's the answer to Lena's past" possibilities/questions. The answers start to come together right up to the end of the book - delicious.

The plot captivated my imagination and made me contemplate how children interprete their worlds so differently from adults. And how this affects them far into their adulthood.
Contancia
Abu-Jaber's first book, Arabian Jazz, is a light-hearted fictionalization of her upbringing in a mixed American/Palestinian family in upstate New York. Her second, Crescent, revolves around the love story between an American and an Iraqi in California, and was published shortly before the Iraq war started. Her third book is about food, naturally enough, since she was a food critic.
Her fourth book, "Origin" is a detective novel, and that comes as something of a surprise. The heroine, a fingerprint expert called Lena Dawson, is young, shy to the point of being antisocial, and reminds one of the younger female forensics detective on CSI. But Lena is quite literally feral: she was a jungle child raised by apes until she was rescued by an American aid worker and adopted by an American family. The mystery of her origins weighs on her like a curse, but it is also a blessing in disguise: she has a nearly supernatural sense of smell and an uncanny intuition, which make her invaluable in her field. Faced with a case in which babies are found snuffed out by unconvincing "crib death", she senses that the solution will also help her solve the mystery of her own story.
From the moment you crack open the striking cover- a figure adrift in snow, the faint swirls of a fingerprint superimposed on it like faint snow-tracks- "Origin" is irresistibly but subliminally gripping, without the heavy-handed manipulation that some mystery novels exert to compel the reader. It is also a pleasure to read, full of lovely literary images and revealing insight, as in this passage: : "Damaged children are all of the same tribe: I can look at an adult and recognize one instantly...Lost childhood lingers like tribal scars- in an off-kilter smile or a look in the eye- there's always some sign."