The Thirty Names of Night

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The Thirty Names of Night ❮PDF❯ ❤ The Thirty Names of Night Author Zeyn Joukhadar – Polishdarling.co.uk The author of the vivid and urgent important and timely The New York Times Book Review debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations The author of the vivid and urgent important Names of PDF Ì and timely The New York Times Book Review debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close The Thirty PDF or to their heartsFive years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one He has been unable to paint since his mother s ghost has begun to visit him each evening As his grandmother s sole caretaker, he Thirty Names of PDF Ì spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend who also happens to be his longtime crush The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America She famously and mysteriously disappeared than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths In fact, Laila Z s past is intimately tied to his mother s and his grandmother s in ways he never could have expected Even surprising, Laila Z s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew Realizing that he isn t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name Nadir, an Arabic name meaning rare As unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously drawn to the New York City skies, Nadir enlists the help of his family and friends to unravel what happened to Laila Z and the rare bird his mother died trying to save Following his mother s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar s signature magical and heart wrenching The Christian Science Monitor storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are.


10 thoughts on “The Thirty Names of Night

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    What did they see, Mama I murmured to her What was it that came to meet the birds that flew into the west My mother turned her face to me over her shoulder What came, she said, was night, and all its names not all migrations end with a return home Every memory begins to cut if you hold onto it too tight Reading Zeyn Joukhadar s The Thirty Names of Night is like walking through an incredibly rich and diverse aviary Our attention is dra What did they see, Mama I murmured to her What was it that came to meet the birds that flew into the west My mother turned her face to me over her shoulder What came, she said, was night, and all its names not all migrations end with a return home Every memory begins to cut if you hold onto it too tight Reading Zeyn Joukhadar s The Thirty Names of Night is like walking through an incredibly rich and diverse aviary Our attention is drawn to each flying thing as it comes into our visual range No sooner do we coo at the beauty of the last than another feathered image hops into view As in an actual aviary, there is an entrance and an exit The flocks, and individuals, provide a landscape as we pass through dips and rises in the path, arriving at recognitions as we reach the end There is a lot going on here Zeyn Joukhadar image from his FB profile pixThere are three generations and two alternating narrators in this beautiful novel The twenty something unnamed well, for most of the book anyway narrator is busy creating a mural in what once was Little Syria, before the neighborhood was mostly razed to make the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center One of the last remnants is an old community house Led by an owl not the Hogwarts sort, although it does, in a way, carry a message to a particular place inside the building, he discovers a hidden journal, left by a woman missing for sixty years, a woman his mother had very much admired He had been looking for clues to his late mother s life in her old neighborhood, so this is a rich find The Syrian Colony image from Paris Review articleLaila Z was a Syrian immigrant, whose family moved from their troubled home to New York in the 1930s, when she was a teenager In addition to the usual emotional trauma of such a move, Laila was broken hearted at having to leave the love of her life In New York, she begins writing to her lost love, whom we know only as B or little wing Laila s journal makes up half the story Our contemporary narrator tells his story as he talks to his late mother, whose ghost he can see Chapters alternate Canada Goose Learning about Laila s life reveals an unsuspected history of gay and trans people from another era Laila and our unnamed narrator have much in common Laila was born in Syria, the narrator was born in the USA of Syrian stock Laila was a gifted painter of birds Our narrator is as well, using chalk instead of aquatint Laila, in the 1930s, dared to love outside the acceptable norms of her culture Our narrator finds himself struggling to find his way while born into a female body A Hudhud or Hoopoe image from Oiseaux.netThere is a mystery at the center that keeps things moving along Laila had made a name for herself in the USA as an exceptional artist, specializing in birds One pair she drew was a new species she had seen, nesting in New York, Geronticus simurghus, a kind of ibis It is known that she d done so, but the final image had never been found Through a friend, our contemporary narrator meets Qamar, the granddaughter of a black ornithologist who d worked in the 1920s and 1930s He had been the first to describe this new species, but had never been taken seriously, in the absence of corroboration Laila s missing artwork would provide that, and allow Qamar to complete her grandfather s work What happened to that piece, and what became of Laila G simurghus was named by its discoverer for a character in the Persian poem The Conference of the Birds If Simorgh unveils its face to you, you will find that all the birds, be they thirty or forty or ,are but the shadows cast by that unveiling.What shadow is ever separated from its maker Do you see The shadow and its maker are one and the same, so get over surfaces and delve into mysteries from that poemThe central, peripheral, overhead, and underfoot imagery in this novel is BIRDS This includes tales from ancient classics, like the one above Joukhadar infuses nearly every page with birds, real, magically real, drawn, painted, folded, and sometimes by allusion Flocks appear, to enhance events Goldfinches swarm during a building demolition Forty eight sparrows fall from the sky on the fifth anniversary of the narrator s mother s death The first funeral I attended was held under a black froth of wings The deceased was a crow that had been gashed in the belly by a red tailed hawk That was the day my body started conspiring against me I d gotten my period B makes Laila a gift, a piece of a dead kite they had tried to save, fallen feathers stitched back to make a magnificent silver white wing It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Our narrator s mother had been an ornithologist A close friend of his mother operates a bird rescue aviary in Queens An evening at a club entails people dancing, using very bird like movements Birds are both expressions of freedom and reflections of a divine presence They are manifestations of underlying forces and sources of purest love and beauty They are a means by which people connect with other people.Passenger Pigeon by Robert Havell image from the National Gallery of ArtAs our contemporary narrator struggles through finding the answer to the rest of Laila s story, and figuring out what had happened to that special aquatint, he struggles as well with defining who he is This is something with which Joukhadar is familiar Zeyn came out publicly in Spring 2019 as transgender, and is now using he him pronouns This is not the only transition he has gone through After earning a Ph.D in Medical Sciences from Brown, and working as a researcher for several years, he moved on to pursuing writing as a full time gig He is very interested in the immigrant experience, and the status of Muslims in the USA I am tied by blood to Syria, and the country where my father was born is suffering while the country in which I was born still views us as not fully American Where, then, does that leave me And for people of Syrian descent living in diaspora, particularly for the generation of children who will grow up in exile because their parents left Syria for safety reasons, what can we take with us What do we carry with us that cannot be lost from the Goodreads interviewYellow Crowned Night Heron by John James Audubon image from WayfairGo slowly through this one There is much to take in, from the avian imagery to the tales of Laila and our narrator, from the flight from Syria to making a home in Manhattan s Little Syria, from the destruction of that neighborhood to its migration to Brooklyn, from bloody events summoning revelations to love and connection across generations, from the real to the magical, from a portrait of a long ago place to a look at today, from a place of not knowing to seeing truths beneath the surface The Thirty Names of Night is a remarkable novel Spread your wings, catch a thermal and hover Take in the considerable landscape of content and artistry provided here This aviary is very tall and there is so much to see We parted I wiped my face with the back of my hand Tell me something beautiful, you said I opened my mouth and out came the only thing that I had ever known to be as beautiful as it was true, that I had once met a woman who knew how to fly.You clasped my chilled hand in yours and lowered your gaze to our fingers I hoped I d said the right thing My mother always used to say that people in mourning prefer not to talk about the earth What a wonderful thing, you said, for just one instant, to be so close to God Review posted June 5, 2020Publication date was supposed to be May 19, 2020 but got CV19 d to November 3, 2020I received an ARE of this book from Atria in return for a few seeds, worms, and some extra twigs for nest fortifications EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter, GR, Instagram, and FB pagesInterviews for his earlier book recent interviews have eluded me The Booklist Reader Syria and Synesthesia An Interview with Debut Author Zeyn Joukhadar By Biz Hyzy Goodreads Debut Author Snapshot Jennifer Zeynab JoukhadarSongs Music Fairuz Ya Tayr Little Wing Hendrix live The Wind Beneath My WingsItems of Interest Paris Review Little Syria by Angela Serratore Wikipedia Little Syria The National The battle to save New York s Little Syria from being forgotten 6SqFt The history of Little Syria and an immigrant community s lasting legacy by Dana Schulz Adubon s Birds of America Birds in Islamic Culture The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Everything You Need To Know About Feathers by Mya Thompson Public Domain Review Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing by Qazwini Wikipedia The Conference of the Birds by Maq m t u uy r


  2. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Genre LGBTQ Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date November 3, 2020There is so much going on in this beautifully written novel You will meet artists and three generations of Syrian American women You will learn about French occupied Syria during the early twentieth century, as well as a long forgotten NYC neighborhood called Little Syria You will also read about birds and ghosts The author mixes up the genres There is historical fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, comin Genre LGBTQ Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date November 3, 2020There is so much going on in this beautifully written novel You will meet artists and three generations of Syrian American women You will learn about French occupied Syria during the early twentieth century, as well as a long forgotten NYC neighborhood called Little Syria You will also read about birds and ghosts The author mixes up the genres There is historical fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, coming of age, speculative fiction, and always LGBTQ fiction All the main characters in this novel are queer There are two alternating narrators, one from the late 1920s and one from the present In the present, we meet a young trans man, who moves into his grandmother s NYC apartment to take care of her since her health is failing In the past, the female protagonist is also an artist She paints mysterious birds The three generations of Syrian Americans are linked together by their secrets, their art, and here is the magical realism a species of a bird that wears feathers that seem to hold the key to unlocking their secrets and allowing the characters to break free from society s restrictions.When the author wrote his debut novel, Map of Salt, he identified as a woman He now identifies as a man I mention this in light of the fact that the trans male protagonist talks about his confusion from when he was a child feeling extremely uncomfortable in his female body This is written with such lucidity that one cannot help but wonder how much is fiction The scene where the character gets his period is all telling and so heartbreakingly sad The child is devastated because, up until that moment, he held out hope that his true body as a male would surface As his body conspires against him, his delighted mother says that her little girl is growing up She tells the child that he is a woman now To add to the child s confusion, although he hates the feeling that his body is betraying him, he simultaneously loves the feeling of closeness that he is experiencing as his beloved mother braids his hair, sharing female pearls of wisdom now that he has a woman s body When the girl grows to be the young man his mother is deceased but shows up as a ghost that he can see and talk to It readssweet than weird The author writes the child s conflicting emotions so well that he makes you want to jump into the pages and give the child the word non binary My maternal instincts had me crying for the boy.Overall, I enjoyed the Syrian immigrant experience as observed in the novel As a native New Yorker, I loved the descriptions of Little Syria, which sounded like an Arab version of NYC s Little Italy I could have done without the birds, but then again I have never been a fan of magical realism However, I did think it was clever of the author to make the trans man s mother an ornithologist to keep the magic as believable as possible At times, there was just too much going on in the story to hold my interest I found myself skimming to get back to the Syrian American experience, probably because historical fiction is my favorite genre There is no denying Joukhadar s talent as an author The book could have easily been written as a boring teacher s manual on all the themes in the novel that many of us do need to be educated on Instead, what you get is lyrical prose that is captivating as well as informative Still, for someone like myself who has trouble with mixed genre novels, the book wasn t for me Though, I feel confident that other readers and reviewers will consider it a story telling feat.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review Find all my book reviews at


  3. Sarah-Hope Sarah-Hope says:

    The Thirty Names of Nights is one of those books that leaves you in tears the good kind and makes you keep saying to those around you if they re the patient type thank G d THIS writer was born to write THIS book NOW It s peopled with the kind of complex, diverse individuals that show up far too rarely in contemporary fiction The cast is multi generational, mostly Syrian American, living in post 9 11 New York City when immigrant hopes of being embraced as part of society at large have bee The Thirty Names of Nights is one of those books that leaves you in tears the good kind and makes you keep saying to those around you if they re the patient type thank G d THIS writer was born to write THIS book NOW It s peopled with the kind of complex, diverse individuals that show up far too rarely in contemporary fiction The cast is multi generational, mostly Syrian American, living in post 9 11 New York City when immigrant hopes of being embraced as part of society at large have been flattened, particularly so for those of Arab descent.The characters in The Thirty Names of Night are primarily Syrian American, but each is uncomfortably conscious of a way they don t fit in not just in society at large, but also within their traditional, tightly knit immigrant community Social expectations fall particularly heavily on women older, first generation immigrant women the first women born in the U.S and the children of these women.The novel s three themes the power of art, the nature of love, and gender identity weave together in a braid both beautiful and complex A leitmotif of birds runs throughout, adding a layer of magical realism.All I can say is Buy this novel Read it slowly and savor it Become a part of the characters lives and journey with them This is reading of a rare richness Don t miss it.I received a free electronic review copy of this book from the publisher via Nat Galley The opinions are my own


  4. Rox Rox says:

    Ya llI cannot wait for this book to come out It sounds incredible and just wow If Map of Salt and Stars is anything to go by, I think the Thirty Names of Night is going to be heartbreaking with beautiful language.


  5. Mel (Epic Reading) Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    I loved Map of Salt and Stars Really excited for this one And I was fortunate enough to get an eARC.


  6. Paul Paul says:

    Thank you, Netgalley and Atria Books, for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If I rated books based on good intentions, five stars wouldn t be enough for The Thirty Names of Night Mr Joukhadar wants to celebrate the Muslim trans LBGT community, honor immigrants of color, mourn a lost New York demolished in the name of progress, and educate the reader about the many spectacular species of birds in both the Middle East and North America, and probably a cou Thank you, Netgalley and Atria Books, for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If I rated books based on good intentions, five stars wouldn t be enough for The Thirty Names of Night Mr Joukhadar wants to celebrate the Muslim trans LBGT community, honor immigrants of color, mourn a lost New York demolished in the name of progress, and educate the reader about the many spectacular species of birds in both the Middle East and North America, and probably a couple of other worthy causes I didn t notice Are you getting the sense that Mr Joukhadar is trying to do too much So did I.To his credit, though, the strain of effort is evident in the story, not the language, which is gorgeous throughout The Thirty Names of Night, even as he switches between narrators a Syrian born painter who emigrates to America during the Depression, and a contemporary transgender artist mourning her mother, an ornithologist who died in a hate crime Both characters have distinct but lovely voices, and if nothing else, The Thirty Names of Night offers the pleasure of their company Buttheir stories intertwine in a semi plausible but semi Dickensian and, it must be said, entirely predictable fashion, as if the author loves his characters so much he can t let them suffer too greatly There s also the fact that Mr Joukhadar s intricate, languid prose drains some of the urgency from his complicated story the bombing of an Arab owned storefront is described in the same deliberate pace as is learning a teta s grandmother s recipe for Turkish delight StillI feel like I ve just spent a couple of days in a world that s strange and familiar at the same time, and there s something a little magical about that


  7. Lilisa Lilisa says:

    I loved the overall themes and the storyline of Zeyn Joukhadar s second book The main character is a trans Syrian American boy who takes care of his beloved aged grandmother in a New York City apartment Five years ago, he lost his ornithologist mother in a fire in a building Now, her ghost visits him in the evenings With her death still encompassing him and the weight of his own life s journey as a trans boy, he spends lonely hours in his apartment, stepping out in the evenings with close fri I loved the overall themes and the storyline of Zeyn Joukhadar s second book The main character is a trans Syrian American boy who takes care of his beloved aged grandmother in a New York City apartment Five years ago, he lost his ornithologist mother in a fire in a building Now, her ghost visits him in the evenings With her death still encompassing him and the weight of his own life s journey as a trans boy, he spends lonely hours in his apartment, stepping out in the evenings with close friends who are part of his tribe When he finds the journal of Laila, a Syrian American artist who vanished sixty years ago in the community building, we are presented with a second storyline and chapters go back and forth between now and then similar the author s The Map of Salt and Stars except that novel s time gap is hundreds of years apart Coincidentally, both his mother and Laila seemed to have experienced the same rare bird years apart As he undergoes his very personal journey of moving in his trans world, he follows the mysterious trail of Laila and her world leading to the intersection of their collective communities and worlds As the story unfolds, community is an essential ingredient in both past and present we learn about the Syrian American community in the U.S and the strong bonds of Syrian American families home life, socialization, livelihoods, and religious Throughout the book, the imagery of birds plays an important role whether it s the sighting of a bird or birds before an event, a precious feather, or a bird accident all are symbolic and add to the cadence of the story While I enjoyed all aspects of the book, there was a lot going on at any given time that it felt it was sometimes overflowing at the seams with all that the author wanted to share It s probably why I felt that this book didn t move as seamlessly and as perfectly as The Map of Salt and Stars, which I loooved and have listened to three times Having said that, it shouldn t take away from the book, which is definitely a well deserved read and one I would recommend Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book


  8. Fanna Fanna says:

    May 1, 2020 Featured in Fanticipating Reads of May 2020 features three generations of Syrian Americans mystery around birds trans boy protagonist mother s ghost guides her son, Nadir, to unravel the mysteries around a rare bird important themes of migration, sexuality, belonging, and love May 1, 2020 Featured in Fanticipating Reads of May 2020 features three generations of Syrian Americans mystery around birds trans boy protagonist mother s ghost guides her son, Nadir, to unravel the mysteries around a rare bird important themes of migration, sexuality, belonging, and love


  9. Anneke Anneke says:

    Book Review The Thirty Names of NightAuthor Zeyn JoukhadarPublisher Atria BooksPublication Date May 19, 2020Review Date February 16, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the blurb The author of the vivid and urgent important and timely The New York Times Book Review debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious sp Book Review The Thirty Names of NightAuthor Zeyn JoukhadarPublisher Atria BooksPublication Date May 19, 2020Review Date February 16, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the blurb The author of the vivid and urgent important and timely The New York Times Book Review debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one He has been unable to paint since his mother s ghost has begun to visit him each evening As his grandmother s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend who also happens to be his longtime crush The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America She famously and mysteriously disappearedthan sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths In fact, Laila Z s past is intimately tied to his mother s and his grandmother s in ways he never could have expected Evensurprising, Laila Z s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew Realizing that he isn t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name Nadir, an Arabic name meaning rare.As unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously drawn to the New York City skies, Nadir enlists the help of his family and friends to unravel what happened to Laila Z and the rare bird his mother died trying to save Following his mother s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar s signature magical and heart wrenching The Christian Science Monitor storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are I included so much of the blurb, because I found this to be a very right brain read, and needed some help describing what the book was about It is a gorgeous book Beautiful language and imagery A plot that I found hard to follow with my left brain There were many, many Arabic words and phrases interspersed throughout the book, and many of the ones I googled had no response Complex characters This is a very well written book, highly recommended, especially for those interested in the Syrian diaspora, the life of someone transitioning into their preferred male body, and a lyrical, mystical and mysterious backdrop.Thank you to Atria Books for the invitation to read this outstanding book Best of luck to Zeyn Joukhadar with his literary career This review will be posted on NetGalley, Goodreads andnetgalley thethirtynamesofnight atriabooks zeynjoukhadar trans syrianamerican


  10. L ✨ L ✨ says:

    A Syrian trans boy who s on the quest to learnabout his family s connexion to a rare bird, art, queerness the title this book is now one of my most anticipated 2020 release


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10 thoughts on “The Thirty Names of Night

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    What did they see, Mama I murmured to her What was it that came to meet the birds that flew into the west My mother turned her face to me over her shoulder What came, she said, was night, and all its names not all migrations end with a return home Every memory begins to cut if you hold onto it too tight Reading Zeyn Joukhadar s The Thirty Names of Night is like walking through an incredibly rich and diverse aviary Our attention is dra What did they see, Mama I murmured to her What was it that came to meet the birds that flew into the west My mother turned her face to me over her shoulder What came, she said, was night, and all its names not all migrations end with a return home Every memory begins to cut if you hold onto it too tight Reading Zeyn Joukhadar s The Thirty Names of Night is like walking through an incredibly rich and diverse aviary Our attention is drawn to each flying thing as it comes into our visual range No sooner do we coo at the beauty of the last than another feathered image hops into view As in an actual aviary, there is an entrance and an exit The flocks, and individuals, provide a landscape as we pass through dips and rises in the path, arriving at recognitions as we reach the end There is a lot going on here Zeyn Joukhadar image from his FB profile pixThere are three generations and two alternating narrators in this beautiful novel The twenty something unnamed well, for most of the book anyway narrator is busy creating a mural in what once was Little Syria, before the neighborhood was mostly razed to make the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center One of the last remnants is an old community house Led by an owl not the Hogwarts sort, although it does, in a way, carry a message to a particular place inside the building, he discovers a hidden journal, left by a woman missing for sixty years, a woman his mother had very much admired He had been looking for clues to his late mother s life in her old neighborhood, so this is a rich find The Syrian Colony image from Paris Review articleLaila Z was a Syrian immigrant, whose family moved from their troubled home to New York in the 1930s, when she was a teenager In addition to the usual emotional trauma of such a move, Laila was broken hearted at having to leave the love of her life In New York, she begins writing to her lost love, whom we know only as B or little wing Laila s journal makes up half the story Our contemporary narrator tells his story as he talks to his late mother, whose ghost he can see Chapters alternate Canada Goose Learning about Laila s life reveals an unsuspected history of gay and trans people from another era Laila and our unnamed narrator have much in common Laila was born in Syria, the narrator was born in the USA of Syrian stock Laila was a gifted painter of birds Our narrator is as well, using chalk instead of aquatint Laila, in the 1930s, dared to love outside the acceptable norms of her culture Our narrator finds himself struggling to find his way while born into a female body A Hudhud or Hoopoe image from Oiseaux.netThere is a mystery at the center that keeps things moving along Laila had made a name for herself in the USA as an exceptional artist, specializing in birds One pair she drew was a new species she had seen, nesting in New York, Geronticus simurghus, a kind of ibis It is known that she d done so, but the final image had never been found Through a friend, our contemporary narrator meets Qamar, the granddaughter of a black ornithologist who d worked in the 1920s and 1930s He had been the first to describe this new species, but had never been taken seriously, in the absence of corroboration Laila s missing artwork would provide that, and allow Qamar to complete her grandfather s work What happened to that piece, and what became of Laila G simurghus was named by its discoverer for a character in the Persian poem The Conference of the Birds If Simorgh unveils its face to you, you will find that all the birds, be they thirty or forty or ,are but the shadows cast by that unveiling.What shadow is ever separated from its maker Do you see The shadow and its maker are one and the same, so get over surfaces and delve into mysteries from that poemThe central, peripheral, overhead, and underfoot imagery in this novel is BIRDS This includes tales from ancient classics, like the one above Joukhadar infuses nearly every page with birds, real, magically real, drawn, painted, folded, and sometimes by allusion Flocks appear, to enhance events Goldfinches swarm during a building demolition Forty eight sparrows fall from the sky on the fifth anniversary of the narrator s mother s death The first funeral I attended was held under a black froth of wings The deceased was a crow that had been gashed in the belly by a red tailed hawk That was the day my body started conspiring against me I d gotten my period B makes Laila a gift, a piece of a dead kite they had tried to save, fallen feathers stitched back to make a magnificent silver white wing It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Our narrator s mother had been an ornithologist A close friend of his mother operates a bird rescue aviary in Queens An evening at a club entails people dancing, using very bird like movements Birds are both expressions of freedom and reflections of a divine presence They are manifestations of underlying forces and sources of purest love and beauty They are a means by which people connect with other people.Passenger Pigeon by Robert Havell image from the National Gallery of ArtAs our contemporary narrator struggles through finding the answer to the rest of Laila s story, and figuring out what had happened to that special aquatint, he struggles as well with defining who he is This is something with which Joukhadar is familiar Zeyn came out publicly in Spring 2019 as transgender, and is now using he him pronouns This is not the only transition he has gone through After earning a Ph.D in Medical Sciences from Brown, and working as a researcher for several years, he moved on to pursuing writing as a full time gig He is very interested in the immigrant experience, and the status of Muslims in the USA I am tied by blood to Syria, and the country where my father was born is suffering while the country in which I was born still views us as not fully American Where, then, does that leave me And for people of Syrian descent living in diaspora, particularly for the generation of children who will grow up in exile because their parents left Syria for safety reasons, what can we take with us What do we carry with us that cannot be lost from the Goodreads interviewYellow Crowned Night Heron by John James Audubon image from WayfairGo slowly through this one There is much to take in, from the avian imagery to the tales of Laila and our narrator, from the flight from Syria to making a home in Manhattan s Little Syria, from the destruction of that neighborhood to its migration to Brooklyn, from bloody events summoning revelations to love and connection across generations, from the real to the magical, from a portrait of a long ago place to a look at today, from a place of not knowing to seeing truths beneath the surface The Thirty Names of Night is a remarkable novel Spread your wings, catch a thermal and hover Take in the considerable landscape of content and artistry provided here This aviary is very tall and there is so much to see We parted I wiped my face with the back of my hand Tell me something beautiful, you said I opened my mouth and out came the only thing that I had ever known to be as beautiful as it was true, that I had once met a woman who knew how to fly.You clasped my chilled hand in yours and lowered your gaze to our fingers I hoped I d said the right thing My mother always used to say that people in mourning prefer not to talk about the earth What a wonderful thing, you said, for just one instant, to be so close to God Review posted June 5, 2020Publication date was supposed to be May 19, 2020 but got CV19 d to November 3, 2020I received an ARE of this book from Atria in return for a few seeds, worms, and some extra twigs for nest fortifications EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter, GR, Instagram, and FB pagesInterviews for his earlier book recent interviews have eluded me The Booklist Reader Syria and Synesthesia An Interview with Debut Author Zeyn Joukhadar By Biz Hyzy Goodreads Debut Author Snapshot Jennifer Zeynab JoukhadarSongs Music Fairuz Ya Tayr Little Wing Hendrix live The Wind Beneath My WingsItems of Interest Paris Review Little Syria by Angela Serratore Wikipedia Little Syria The National The battle to save New York s Little Syria from being forgotten 6SqFt The history of Little Syria and an immigrant community s lasting legacy by Dana Schulz Adubon s Birds of America Birds in Islamic Culture The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Everything You Need To Know About Feathers by Mya Thompson Public Domain Review Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing by Qazwini Wikipedia The Conference of the Birds by Maq m t u uy r


  2. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Genre LGBTQ Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date November 3, 2020There is so much going on in this beautifully written novel You will meet artists and three generations of Syrian American women You will learn about French occupied Syria during the early twentieth century, as well as a long forgotten NYC neighborhood called Little Syria You will also read about birds and ghosts The author mixes up the genres There is historical fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, comin Genre LGBTQ Historical FictionPublisher Atria BooksPub Date November 3, 2020There is so much going on in this beautifully written novel You will meet artists and three generations of Syrian American women You will learn about French occupied Syria during the early twentieth century, as well as a long forgotten NYC neighborhood called Little Syria You will also read about birds and ghosts The author mixes up the genres There is historical fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, coming of age, speculative fiction, and always LGBTQ fiction All the main characters in this novel are queer There are two alternating narrators, one from the late 1920s and one from the present In the present, we meet a young trans man, who moves into his grandmother s NYC apartment to take care of her since her health is failing In the past, the female protagonist is also an artist She paints mysterious birds The three generations of Syrian Americans are linked together by their secrets, their art, and here is the magical realism a species of a bird that wears feathers that seem to hold the key to unlocking their secrets and allowing the characters to break free from society s restrictions.When the author wrote his debut novel, Map of Salt, he identified as a woman He now identifies as a man I mention this in light of the fact that the trans male protagonist talks about his confusion from when he was a child feeling extremely uncomfortable in his female body This is written with such lucidity that one cannot help but wonder how much is fiction The scene where the character gets his period is all telling and so heartbreakingly sad The child is devastated because, up until that moment, he held out hope that his true body as a male would surface As his body conspires against him, his delighted mother says that her little girl is growing up She tells the child that he is a woman now To add to the child s confusion, although he hates the feeling that his body is betraying him, he simultaneously loves the feeling of closeness that he is experiencing as his beloved mother braids his hair, sharing female pearls of wisdom now that he has a woman s body When the girl grows to be the young man his mother is deceased but shows up as a ghost that he can see and talk to It readssweet than weird The author writes the child s conflicting emotions so well that he makes you want to jump into the pages and give the child the word non binary My maternal instincts had me crying for the boy.Overall, I enjoyed the Syrian immigrant experience as observed in the novel As a native New Yorker, I loved the descriptions of Little Syria, which sounded like an Arab version of NYC s Little Italy I could have done without the birds, but then again I have never been a fan of magical realism However, I did think it was clever of the author to make the trans man s mother an ornithologist to keep the magic as believable as possible At times, there was just too much going on in the story to hold my interest I found myself skimming to get back to the Syrian American experience, probably because historical fiction is my favorite genre There is no denying Joukhadar s talent as an author The book could have easily been written as a boring teacher s manual on all the themes in the novel that many of us do need to be educated on Instead, what you get is lyrical prose that is captivating as well as informative Still, for someone like myself who has trouble with mixed genre novels, the book wasn t for me Though, I feel confident that other readers and reviewers will consider it a story telling feat.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review Find all my book reviews at


  3. Sarah-Hope Sarah-Hope says:

    The Thirty Names of Nights is one of those books that leaves you in tears the good kind and makes you keep saying to those around you if they re the patient type thank G d THIS writer was born to write THIS book NOW It s peopled with the kind of complex, diverse individuals that show up far too rarely in contemporary fiction The cast is multi generational, mostly Syrian American, living in post 9 11 New York City when immigrant hopes of being embraced as part of society at large have bee The Thirty Names of Nights is one of those books that leaves you in tears the good kind and makes you keep saying to those around you if they re the patient type thank G d THIS writer was born to write THIS book NOW It s peopled with the kind of complex, diverse individuals that show up far too rarely in contemporary fiction The cast is multi generational, mostly Syrian American, living in post 9 11 New York City when immigrant hopes of being embraced as part of society at large have been flattened, particularly so for those of Arab descent.The characters in The Thirty Names of Night are primarily Syrian American, but each is uncomfortably conscious of a way they don t fit in not just in society at large, but also within their traditional, tightly knit immigrant community Social expectations fall particularly heavily on women older, first generation immigrant women the first women born in the U.S and the children of these women.The novel s three themes the power of art, the nature of love, and gender identity weave together in a braid both beautiful and complex A leitmotif of birds runs throughout, adding a layer of magical realism.All I can say is Buy this novel Read it slowly and savor it Become a part of the characters lives and journey with them This is reading of a rare richness Don t miss it.I received a free electronic review copy of this book from the publisher via Nat Galley The opinions are my own


  4. Rox Rox says:

    Ya llI cannot wait for this book to come out It sounds incredible and just wow If Map of Salt and Stars is anything to go by, I think the Thirty Names of Night is going to be heartbreaking with beautiful language.


  5. Mel (Epic Reading) Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    I loved Map of Salt and Stars Really excited for this one And I was fortunate enough to get an eARC.


  6. Paul Paul says:

    Thank you, Netgalley and Atria Books, for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If I rated books based on good intentions, five stars wouldn t be enough for The Thirty Names of Night Mr Joukhadar wants to celebrate the Muslim trans LBGT community, honor immigrants of color, mourn a lost New York demolished in the name of progress, and educate the reader about the many spectacular species of birds in both the Middle East and North America, and probably a cou Thank you, Netgalley and Atria Books, for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If I rated books based on good intentions, five stars wouldn t be enough for The Thirty Names of Night Mr Joukhadar wants to celebrate the Muslim trans LBGT community, honor immigrants of color, mourn a lost New York demolished in the name of progress, and educate the reader about the many spectacular species of birds in both the Middle East and North America, and probably a couple of other worthy causes I didn t notice Are you getting the sense that Mr Joukhadar is trying to do too much So did I.To his credit, though, the strain of effort is evident in the story, not the language, which is gorgeous throughout The Thirty Names of Night, even as he switches between narrators a Syrian born painter who emigrates to America during the Depression, and a contemporary transgender artist mourning her mother, an ornithologist who died in a hate crime Both characters have distinct but lovely voices, and if nothing else, The Thirty Names of Night offers the pleasure of their company Buttheir stories intertwine in a semi plausible but semi Dickensian and, it must be said, entirely predictable fashion, as if the author loves his characters so much he can t let them suffer too greatly There s also the fact that Mr Joukhadar s intricate, languid prose drains some of the urgency from his complicated story the bombing of an Arab owned storefront is described in the same deliberate pace as is learning a teta s grandmother s recipe for Turkish delight StillI feel like I ve just spent a couple of days in a world that s strange and familiar at the same time, and there s something a little magical about that


  7. Lilisa Lilisa says:

    I loved the overall themes and the storyline of Zeyn Joukhadar s second book The main character is a trans Syrian American boy who takes care of his beloved aged grandmother in a New York City apartment Five years ago, he lost his ornithologist mother in a fire in a building Now, her ghost visits him in the evenings With her death still encompassing him and the weight of his own life s journey as a trans boy, he spends lonely hours in his apartment, stepping out in the evenings with close fri I loved the overall themes and the storyline of Zeyn Joukhadar s second book The main character is a trans Syrian American boy who takes care of his beloved aged grandmother in a New York City apartment Five years ago, he lost his ornithologist mother in a fire in a building Now, her ghost visits him in the evenings With her death still encompassing him and the weight of his own life s journey as a trans boy, he spends lonely hours in his apartment, stepping out in the evenings with close friends who are part of his tribe When he finds the journal of Laila, a Syrian American artist who vanished sixty years ago in the community building, we are presented with a second storyline and chapters go back and forth between now and then similar the author s The Map of Salt and Stars except that novel s time gap is hundreds of years apart Coincidentally, both his mother and Laila seemed to have experienced the same rare bird years apart As he undergoes his very personal journey of moving in his trans world, he follows the mysterious trail of Laila and her world leading to the intersection of their collective communities and worlds As the story unfolds, community is an essential ingredient in both past and present we learn about the Syrian American community in the U.S and the strong bonds of Syrian American families home life, socialization, livelihoods, and religious Throughout the book, the imagery of birds plays an important role whether it s the sighting of a bird or birds before an event, a precious feather, or a bird accident all are symbolic and add to the cadence of the story While I enjoyed all aspects of the book, there was a lot going on at any given time that it felt it was sometimes overflowing at the seams with all that the author wanted to share It s probably why I felt that this book didn t move as seamlessly and as perfectly as The Map of Salt and Stars, which I loooved and have listened to three times Having said that, it shouldn t take away from the book, which is definitely a well deserved read and one I would recommend Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book


  8. Fanna Fanna says:

    May 1, 2020 Featured in Fanticipating Reads of May 2020 features three generations of Syrian Americans mystery around birds trans boy protagonist mother s ghost guides her son, Nadir, to unravel the mysteries around a rare bird important themes of migration, sexuality, belonging, and love May 1, 2020 Featured in Fanticipating Reads of May 2020 features three generations of Syrian Americans mystery around birds trans boy protagonist mother s ghost guides her son, Nadir, to unravel the mysteries around a rare bird important themes of migration, sexuality, belonging, and love


  9. Anneke Anneke says:

    Book Review The Thirty Names of NightAuthor Zeyn JoukhadarPublisher Atria BooksPublication Date May 19, 2020Review Date February 16, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the blurb The author of the vivid and urgent important and timely The New York Times Book Review debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious sp Book Review The Thirty Names of NightAuthor Zeyn JoukhadarPublisher Atria BooksPublication Date May 19, 2020Review Date February 16, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the blurb The author of the vivid and urgent important and timely The New York Times Book Review debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one He has been unable to paint since his mother s ghost has begun to visit him each evening As his grandmother s sole caretaker, he spends his days cooped up in their apartment, avoiding his neighborhood masjid, his estranged sister, and even his best friend who also happens to be his longtime crush The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria.One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America She famously and mysteriously disappearedthan sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths In fact, Laila Z s past is intimately tied to his mother s and his grandmother s in ways he never could have expected Evensurprising, Laila Z s story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his own community that he never knew Realizing that he isn t and has never been alone, he has the courage to officially claim a new name Nadir, an Arabic name meaning rare.As unprecedented numbers of birds are mysteriously drawn to the New York City skies, Nadir enlists the help of his family and friends to unravel what happened to Laila Z and the rare bird his mother died trying to save Following his mother s ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along.Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar s signature magical and heart wrenching The Christian Science Monitor storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are I included so much of the blurb, because I found this to be a very right brain read, and needed some help describing what the book was about It is a gorgeous book Beautiful language and imagery A plot that I found hard to follow with my left brain There were many, many Arabic words and phrases interspersed throughout the book, and many of the ones I googled had no response Complex characters This is a very well written book, highly recommended, especially for those interested in the Syrian diaspora, the life of someone transitioning into their preferred male body, and a lyrical, mystical and mysterious backdrop.Thank you to Atria Books for the invitation to read this outstanding book Best of luck to Zeyn Joukhadar with his literary career This review will be posted on NetGalley, Goodreads andnetgalley thethirtynamesofnight atriabooks zeynjoukhadar trans syrianamerican


  10. L ✨ L ✨ says:

    A Syrian trans boy who s on the quest to learnabout his family s connexion to a rare bird, art, queerness the title this book is now one of my most anticipated 2020 release


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