—Erik Noonan, World Literature Today
Abu-Zeid has made Rabee Jaber’s Beirut part of our imaginary landscape and added him to our constellation of fiction writers.
—Jeva Lange, The Week
[An] unflinching thriller about trauma and forgiveness, set in the chaos of the Lebanese Civil War.
—Justin Stephani, Electric Literature
A book as unique as its subject matter – messy, incomplete, at times unreliable, yet as haunting and alluring as memories themselves.
—Paul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review
Jaber is interested in what it means to live in and with fear, not for one season but for a whole generation, two generations, three. He’s interested in the bones of Beirut, a city that has had to rebuild itself repeatedly after being razed in war in 140 B.C., then devastated by the earthquake of 551, then again during the civil war, a city whose name derives from the Canaanite be’erot — “wells” — the water table that still sustains it. He’s interested in what lies beneath, what nourishes us without our knowing.
—Robyn Creswell, The New York Review of Books
Jaber shares a delight in stories that defy conventional ideas about identity and the relations between East and West.