WGBH Forum Network; Towelhead
Towelhead Alicia Erian, writer The year is 1991. Saddam Hussein has invaded Kuwait, neither of her parents seem to want her around, and high school has become a lonely place for half-Lebanese Jasira Maroun, a 'towelhead' in Texas. But there is always Mr. Vuoso, a neighboring army reservist who is quite interested in Jasira...or at least in her budding sexuality. Alicia Erian reads from her new novel exploring a Lebanese-American girl's experience growing up in Texas during the Gulf War. A tender meditation on race, adolescence and alienation, Towelhead is a redemptive and painfully funny work.
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TOWELHEAD ALICIA ERIAN, WRITER
THE YEAR IS 1991. SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS INVADED KUWAIT, NEITHER OF HER PARENTS SEEM TO WANT HER AROUND, AND HIGH SCHOOL HAS BECOME A LONELY PLACE FOR HALF-LEBANESE JASIRA MAROUN, A 'TOWELHEAD' IN TEXAS. BUT THERE IS ALWAYS MR. VUOSO, A NEIGHBORING ARMY RESERVIST WHO IS QUITE INTERESTED IN JASIRA...OR AT LEAST IN HER BUDDING SEXUALITY.
ALICIA ERIAN READS FROM HER NEW NOVEL EXPLORING A LEBANESE-AMERICAN GIRL'S EXPERIENCE GROWING UP IN TEXAS DURING THE GULF WAR. A TENDER MEDITATION ON RACE, ADOLESCENCE AND ALIENATION, TOWELHEAD IS A REDEMPTIVE AND PAINFULLY FUNNY WORK.
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- Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Towelhead,” 04/11/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed August 20, 2017, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7C6B447EB07247A99A01FCF158435EA6.
- MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Towelhead.” 04/11/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. August 20, 2017. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7C6B447EB07247A99A01FCF158435EA6>.
- APA: WGBH Forum Network; Towelhead. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7C6B447EB07247A99A01FCF158435EA6