Ariela Freedman, BA (English lit. & western society & culture) 94, Arabic for Beginners (Linda Leith Publishing)
Freedman’s novel Arabic for Beginners focuses on Hannah, a married mother who moves to Jerusalem, Israel. There, she meets a group of expat women at her son’s daycare, as well as a young Palestinian woman named Jenna. As Hannah grows close to Jenna, she starts to question her own marriage and her relationship to Israel. Freedman is an associate professor in Concordia’s Liberal Arts College.