by: Selma Dabbagh,
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A punchy first novel by a British Palestinian lawyer ... Beautifully observed ... the plot races and the voices are strong. The reader follows each person down the chosen path and, crucially, cares what becomes of them
[Dabbagh's] talent for nailing detail is evident ... The author's assured command of her material means she can switch registers with ease, interleaving escalating tension and welcome humour ... Dabbagh herself scores highly with her debut novel
This is a very successful debut novel ... The writing is both literary and accessible, fast-paced, passionate, exuberant and heart-lurching. We'll be hearing much more from Selma Dabbagh
A breezy, thriller-esque debut ... that gets under the skin of the situation in Gaza
Wonderfully perceptive and gripping
Moving from Palestine to London to the Gulf, this unique novel brilliantly depicts modern-day family life in Gaza
Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer based in London. Her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including those published by Granta and International PEN. They have also been nominated for the International PEN David TK Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize. Out of It is her first novel.
The first novel written in English that depicts family life in Gaza.
Selma Dabbagh's short stories have been published in various anthologies (including one edited by Maggie Gee for Granta), and nominated for the International PEN David Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize 2007. She was also selected as a Finalist for the Fish Short Story Prize, judged by Roddy Doyle, Hugo Hamilton and Victoria Glendinning.
Selma Dabbagh has appeared at West Cork Literary Festival, the Internationl PEN Festival of World Literature, and has been asked to speak at universities including SOAS.