By Susan Muaddi Darraj
An excerpt from A Curious Land:
When Rabab diminished the magad and clapped-clapped to the good in her mother’s too-big slippers, the stone jar digging into her shoulder, she didn’t, initially, see the physique. The morning sunlight glazed every little thing round her—the cement houses, the iron rails alongside one wall, the bars at the home windows, the stones round the well—and made her squint her itchy eyes.
She used to be hungry. That was once all.
They’d arrived right here basically final evening, preventing once Awwad and the lads have been convinced the military had moved south. It should have been the 3rd time in exactly a couple of weeks—collapse the tents, load the mules, disappear into the sands. She was hoping this conflict might finish quickly, and he or she didn’t fairly care who gained, so long as it ended simply because they hadn’t eaten good in years. long ago few months, her mom had bought all her gold, with the exception of her bracelet made from liras. It used to be the one factor left, and he or she was once keeping onto it, and Rabab learned, so have been all of them; she imagined that, the day it was once offered, whilst her mother’s wrist used to be naked, could sign that they have been on the end.
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A Curious Land: Stories from Home (Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction) by Susan Muaddi Darraj