Her First Palestinian

Her First Palestinian

Written by: Teebi, Saeed

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Elegant, surprising stories about Palestinian immigrants in Canada navigating their identities in circumstances that push them to the emotional brink.

Saeed Teebi’s intense, engrossing stories plunge into the lives of characters grappling with their experiences as Palestinian immigrants to Canada. A doctor teaches his girlfriend about his country, only for her to fall into a consuming obsession with the Middle East conflict. A math professor risks his family’s destruction by slandering the king of a despotic, oil-rich country. A university student invents an imaginary girlfriend to fit in with his callous, womanizing roommates. A lawyer takes on the impossible mission of becoming a body smuggler. A lonely widower travels to Russia in search of a movie starlet he met in his youth in historical Jaffa. A refugee who escaped violent circumstances rebels against the kindness of his sponsor. These taut and compelling stories engage the immigrant experience and reflect the Palestinian diaspora with grace and insight.

Elegant, surprising stories about Palestinian immigrants in Canada navigating their identities in circumstances that push them to the emotional brink.

Saeed Teebi’s intense, engrossing stories plunge into the lives of characters grappling with their experiences as Palestinian immigrants to Canada. A doctor teaches his girlfriend about his country, only for her to fall into a consuming obsession with the Middle East conflict. A math professor risks his family’s destruction by slandering the king of a despotic, oil-rich country. A university student invents an imaginary girlfriend to fit in with his callous, womanizing roommates. A lawyer takes on the impossible mission of becoming a body smuggler. A lonely widower travels to Russia in search of a movie starlet he met in his youth in historical Jaffa. A refugee who escaped violent circumstances rebels against the kindness of his sponsor. These taut and compelling stories engage the immigrant experience and reflect the Palestinian diaspora with grace and insight.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Aug 2, 2022
Specifications 256 pages | 5.5 in x 7 in
Written By

SAEED TEEBI is a writer and lawyer based in Toronto. His story “Her First Palestinian” was shortlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize. He was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait and, after spending time in Connecticut and California, has lived in Canada since 1993.

Written By

SAEED TEEBI is a writer and lawyer based in Toronto. His story “Her First Palestinian” was shortlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize. He was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait and, after spending time in Connecticut and California, has lived in Canada since 1993.

Saeed Teebi writes with Chekhovian intentionality and Nabokovian rumination. These are stories about modesty or vanity, kindness or treachery, timidity or wit. In the author’s intelligent grasp we find a heartbreaking tenacity for connection to the here and now and to the land between the river and the sea.

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Dispatches from the state of exile, these stories are filled with delightful, devastating turns as Teebi explores the endless fracturing of displacement.

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In Her First Palestinian Saeed Teebi brilliantly and skillfully evokes the Palestinian diaspora experience, weaving stories of displacement, longing, and loss. His characters, drawn with great empathy and insight, are immigrants and refugees, misfits and outsiders, striving to fit in a complex, modern world while carrying the burden of history. Intelligent, original, and bursting with vitality, Her First Palestinian is an assured and highly accomplished debut that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

” —Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Art of Leaving

Saeed Teebi is a patient storyteller. He weaves his stories through glimpses of heritage, snippets of immigration, and depth of understanding. In Her First Palestinian, Teebi introduces us to complex and endearing characters. They all ring so true; they feel like half siblings or dear cousins. They are never loud or invasive. They are inviting and warm. Almost friendly as they tell you of themselves, their history, and the personal and societal roads they have to take. However, their wound is always internal, hidden under their agency, prosperity, and the most basic human need of them all: belonging.

” —Danny Ramadan, author of The Foghorn Echoes

A gorgeous debut collection of short stories so complex and rich they make me think that Saeed Teebi has been writing for many years.

” —Hasan Namir, author of God in Pink

This beautiful collection not only brings to light the varied and sometimes fraught experiences of diasporic Palestinians but does so with masterful storytelling. These stories are rich and deep, with elegant, tragic, or funny twists that will stay in my mind for a long time.

” —Farzana Doctor, author of Seven

Saeed Teebi's Her First Palestinian is an exciting contribution to contemporary Palestinian diaspora literature. His characters grapple with overzealous allies, privilege, and polite discrimination, as well as forging new identities without quite managing to shed inherited ones. With sharp wit and humour, Teebi delivers a range of stories that are pleasingly new as they reverberate familiar themes of loss and triumph.

” —Sahar Mustafah, author of The Beauty of Your Face

Saeed Teebi writes with Chekhovian intentionality and Nabokovian rumination. These are stories about modesty or vanity, kindness or treachery, timidity or wit. In the author’s intelligent grasp we find a heartbreaking tenacity for connection to the here and now and to the land between the river and the sea.

” —Nyla Matuk, author of Stranger

Dispatches from the state of exile, these stories are filled with delightful, devastating turns as Teebi explores the endless fracturing of displacement.

” —Rebecca Sacks, author of City of a Thousand Gates