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Set in the lively Arab communities of Los Angeles, this is a dazzling love story, performed with the unique tastes, smells, and myths of the Middle East. Sirine, half-Iraqi and half-American, was orphaned when her parents were killed during overseas aid work and largely raised by her Iraqi uncle, a storyteller that tells fantastic fables to Sirine. She cooks in a cafe owned by a Lebanese woman, which draws the neighborhood's Arab and Iranian students, expatriates, and exiles, all hungry for connections to their homes. Her ...