Abu-Jaber Profile

Ed links to this SF Chronicle profile of Diana Abu-Jaber.

“It wasn’t great for ‘Crescent’ to come out when the war was being launched; it gave me some initial attention, but it wasn’t appropriate,” says Abu-Jaber. “People were asking me things like, ‘Why do (Arabs) hate us?’ and asking me to speak for the Iraqi nation, which I really didn’t want to do and hadn’t intended to do in any fashion. It was frustrating to political activists who read it and wanted it to be more staunchly directive in what it says.”

Abu-Jaber’s Crescent is just now out in paperback.