Summary - Habibi Essay

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Summary - Habibi


SUMMARY: At first Liyana walks into her home and spots a woman sitting in her living room.
Nobody knows who she is so when 'Poppa'; gets home, they talk. He finds out that she is a
cousin of a cousin of a cousin. As tradition 'Poppa'; had to buy her fabric in order to
make a dress. This was a symbol of success from their trip to Jerusalem from America. In
retrospect, Liyana thinks about her life in America and the memories she had. She sees
herself as a 'blur'; in Jerusalem. Nobody knows her like people do in America. But this
all changes when Liyana finally decides to sleep over at Sitti's house for a weekend.
Sitti and her do a number of activities. One of these activities that stand out is when
they went to get water from a spring. They hiked down to a spring, and Sitti showed her
the freshness of the water and how to balance it on her head. This was a crucial bonding
time for Liyana and Sitti because they communicated so much without even speaking the same
language. When they arrive home they prepare a meal for the family and talk more. After a
day passes, Liyana and Rafik go outside and play with the hens. One of the hens flies away
and a kid named Khaled captures it. This character, along with his sister Nadine, is the
Abboud's new friend.


RESPONSE: Liyana and Rafik seem to feel more at home now that they are settled in their
new house and have met friends. Rafik has completely adapted to Jerusalem while Liyana is
just beginning to. They are both scared of the Israeli tanks and other forces that crowd
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