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One Hundred and One Nights: A Novel
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After 13 years in America, Abu Saheeh has returned to his native Iraq, a nation transformed by the American military presence. Alone in a new city, he has exactly what he wants: freedom from his past. Then he meets Layla, a whimsical fourteen-year-old girl who enchants him with her love of American pop culture. Enchanted by Layla's stories and her company, Abu Saheeh settles into the city's rhythm and begins rebuilding his life. But two sudden developments — his alliance with a powerful merchant and his employment of a hot-headed young assistant — reawaken painful memories, and not even Layla may be able to save Abu Saheeh from careening out of control and endangering all around them.
A breathtaking tale of friendship, love, and betrayal, One Hundred and One Nights is an unforgettable novel about the struggle for salvation and the power of family.
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A breathtaking tale of friendship, love, and betrayal, One Hundred and One Nights is an unforgettable novel about the struggle for salvation and the power of family.
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        A narrative meant to illustrate the fragility and tragedy of postwar Iraq becomes a muddled mess in Buchholz's debut novel (after co-authoring the nonfiction Private Soldiers). Abu Saheeh, the once-promising second son of a prosperous Iraqi family, has returned from a 13-year stint in America to the small town of Safwan, where he now leads a hermetic life selling cell phones and trading in minor contraband. Intent on steeling himself against the turmoil wreaked upon his family and country by the war, Abu's life is happily interrupted by the welcome daily visits of 14-year-old Layla, a girl obsessed with American pop culture and seemingly without family. As Abu and the young girl navigate their newfound friendship in a society intolerant of such relationships, the protagonist must also contend with an insistent and influential local merchant who wishes to see Abu wed a wealthy widow. What might be an engaging story is unfortunately hampered by Buchholz's clumsy method of exposition, whereby Abu reveals his past in irregular dreamlike chunks, and the eventual disclosure of the reasons behind Abu's attachment to Layla are revealed too late to have dramatic impact.

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        December 1, 2011

        As a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, Buchholz served in Safwan, Iraq, in 2005-06, an experience he recalls in the well-received Private Soldiers. Here he turns to fiction to clarify the complexities of Iraqi life today. His protagonist, Abu Saheeh, has returned to Iraq after 13 years in America, where he trained as a doctor and developed a fondness for the Chicago Cubs. He's opened up a little shop in Safwan, selling mobile phones and phone cards and watching the American convoys stream by. He's also visited regularly by a girl named Layla, an urchin who doesn't maintain the proprieties of Iraqi life and talks excitedly about American pop culture. As Abu Saheeh ("Father Truth") unfolds his painful backstory, including service as an army medic, manipulation by a nasty brother now in the government, and flight from the capital because he is a Sunni, readers come to realize that he has a larger mission. They also realize that for Abu Saheeh, as for all Iraqis, the personal is ultimately political. VERDICT This accomplished first novel quietly communicates truths hidden behind the headlines and is recommended reading for anyone interested in politics or engaging fiction.--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        December 1, 2011
        Abu Saheeh has returned to Iraq after living in the U.S. for 13 years. Determined to rebuild his life, he settles in Safwan and opens a mobile-phone store, intent on a quiet life despite the town's heavy American military presence. There he meets Layla, a young street urchin whose entertaining stories and obsession with American pop culture distract him from painful memories. Abu Saheeh becomes a part of village life, developing an alliance with a powerful businessman. But when he is forced to hire an assistant with unclear political motivations, his quiet life is threatened. As the residents of Safwan struggle to live alongside the turmoil of occupation, Abu Saheeh cannot continue to elude his difficult past, drawing him even deeper into the politics of war. This debut novel is an intimate view of the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of one deeply troubled man. Beautifully written, it is a complex yet simple tale of friendship and love, betrayal and sacrifice, and hatred and evil. An important glimpse into a world few of us know or understand.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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