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An Unnecessary Woman

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, author-on-the-rise Alameddine (The Hakawati) celebrates the power and the glory of literature while showing us one woman's vibrant interior life. Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in Beirut, yearly translating a new book she loves into Arabic even as her thoughts range over her own life and the chaotic life of her city, past and present.

2014  National Book Awards