By Diana Abu-Jaber
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393331554, 384pp.)

Publication Date: May 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Origin is a page-turner that women fiction-lovers will certainly enjoy. Lena, a fingerprint analyst, is searching for her own beginnings while investigating a number of SIDS cases. This is a novel that will keep you guessing until the end.”
-- Sarah Galvin, The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY

In this "mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision" (Miami Herald), a series of crib deaths in Syracuse, New York, draws the attention of police and national media. Is a serial infant murderer at large?A "haunting story, icy cold in its upstate New York setting but glowing with the unusual brightness of its heroine" (Eugene Weekly), Origin stars a solitary fingerprint examiner who finds herself playing a critical role in the case. Diana Abu-Jaber, a "gifted and graceful writer" (Chicago Tribune), masterfully "transcends formula" (Kirkus Reviews) as "the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events" (New York Daily News). Reading group guide included.

About the Author
Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of "Origin", "Crescent", "Arabian Jazz", and "The Language of Baklava". Her writing has appeared in" Good Housekeeping", "Ms"., "Salon", "Vogue", "Gourmet", the "New York Times", "The Nation", the "Washington Post", and the "Los Angeles Times". She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.
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