Thirty-nine-year-old Sirine, never married, lives with a devoted uncle and an adoring dog names King Babar in the Persian – and Arab-American community of Los Angeles ( known as Irangeles. She works as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, her passions aroused only by cooking – until an unbearably handsome Arabic literature professor starts dropping by for a little home cooking. Falling in love with Hanif brings Sirine’s whole heart to boil – stirring up memories of her parents and questions about her own identity as an Arab American.
Meanwhile, a host of magnificent characters do their best to interfer with her life: her endlessly patient and thoroughly appealing uncle, who spins a magical story about an Arab slave who escapes his masters by pretending to drown (and ends up in Hollywood!); her unrequited admirer, Nathan, an art photographer with disturbing obsessions and a dark past; and Umm Nadia, her saucy, matchmaking boss, who tells Sirine’s fortune in the coffee grounds at the bottom of her cup.
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