In a recent issue of the American Book Review, focused on Arab-American Literature, Naomi Shihab Nye's Transfer is called the "best work this much-honored poet has produced to date." Reviewer Norbert Hirschhorn acknowledges: "In much of Nye's earlier works... the poet's persona embraces sweetness, a witness to nature, and faith in the essential goodness of people," while also noting that Transfer tends to stray from that persona, embracing what Ted Hughes calls "the voice of pain." Nye's Transfer deals heavily with the difficult loss of her father, and the process of finding a dialogue with him even after his death. "The whole book is a eulogy to the man," says Hirschhorn. The collection has strong use of Nye's father's Palestinian heritage, his experiences being expelled from his Jerusalem home in 1948, and his "endless stubborn hope" for peace among Palestinians and Israelis "living, somehow, together..." According to the American Book Review, Nye continues to be a "master of surprise endings and epiphanies," and her collection, a "voice of conscience and reconciliation." Read the full review. Put Transfer on your bookshelf, today.
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