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Alligator and Other Stories

by Dima Alzayat

Alligator and Other Stories Synopsis

In Alligator and Other Stories, Dima Alzayat captures luminously the many ways of feeling displaced: as a Syrian, as an Arab, as an immigrant, as a woman. Often told through the lens everyday scenarios, her stories are rich, relatable, and full of nuance. Each story is a snapshot of those moments when unusual circumstances suddenly distinguish us from our neighbours, throw into relief the fact that we are 'other'. There are 'dangerous' women transgressing in 'Daughters of Manat', and 'A Girl in Three Acts'; In 'Only Those Who Struggle Succeed' a young woman will let nothing stand in the way of career success, only to discover the boulder that others have placed in her path; in 'Ghusl', a young woman carefully washes her brother's body as she prepares him for burial and looks back on their childhood together; 'Disappearance' loosens the boundaries of diaspora or immigrant stories, and features protagonists whose ethnicity is neither central nor vital; and 'Alligator', the centrepiece that connects the thematic threads running throughout this book, is an incredible work: a compilation of first-person accounts, newspaper clippings, letters, real and fictionalized historical and legal documents, scripts and social-media posts, which tell the story of a Syrian-American couple killed by their town's police department and a vigilante lynch mob. Each of these stories is startling and real, but delivers an emotional punch that lingers long after reading.

Alligator and Other Stories Press Reviews

Alzayat's slim, powerful debut collection showcases the author's deep empathy and imagination in stories about grief, assimilation, and trauma . . . This intelligent collection is a force to be reckoned with. * Publishers Weekly, starred review * Tremendously assured, wise-cracking and elegiac, with a firm pulse on the magical and mundane. I loved it's hard-edged lyricism and the tremendous empathetic range and distinctiveness of vision that Dima Alzayat demonstrates in this wonderful collection that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt caught between cultures, places and the interstices of memory and the loaded everyday. -- Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529029895
Publication date: 28th May 2020
Author: Dima Alzayat
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Short stories,

About Dima Alzayat

Dima Alzayat was born in Damascus, Syria, grew up in San Jose, California, and now lives in Manchester. She was the winner of the 2019 ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award, a 2018 Northern Writers' Award, the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize and the 2015 Bernice Slote Award. She was runner-up in the 2018 Deborah Rogers Award and the 2018 Zoetrope: All-Story Competition, and was Highly Commended in the 2013 Bridport Prize. She is a Ph.D. student and associate lecturer at Lancaster University.

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