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I've been told my novel is cinematic. The characters are all larger-than-life crazies who move big, talk big, and live big.Randa Jarrar is a novelist, short story writer, and translator. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the US after the first Gulf War. At the age of 13, she enrolled in 10th grade, and went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College at 16. Two years later, Jarrar became a single mom, and by the age of 22, she had a Masters’ degree and a four- year-old. She began A Map of Home at the age of 23, writing the bulk of it in a trailer in small-town Texas.
In the role of Nidali, the sassy talking main character, I see Alia Shawkat, who was Maeby in Arrested Development. She has perfect comic timing, is absolutely stunning, and I can see her swearing left and right.
Baba would be played by- who else?- Tony...[read on]
Learn more about the author and her work at Randa Jarrar's website.
My Book, The Movie: A Map of Home.