JabberFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889229501 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 80 pages | Pub. Date: 2015
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
Drama | Backlist | Bisac: DRA013000
ISBN 13: 9780889229501 | Rights: WORLD

Like many outgoing young women, Fatima feels rebellious against parents she sees as strict. It just so happens that she is Egyptian-born and wears a hijab. When anti-Muslim graffiti appears on the walls of her school, Fatima transfers to a new school. The guidance counsellor there, Mr. E., does his best to help Fatima fit in, but despite his advice she starts an unlikely friendship with Jorah, who has a reputation for anger issues. Maybe, just maybe, Fatima and Jorah start to, like, like each other …

As their mutual attraction grows, the lines Fatima and Jorah cross as they grow closer become the subject of an intense exploration of boundaries – personal boundaries, cultural boundaries, and inherited religious and political boundaries. Fatima and Jorah discover that appearances matter; they’ve been exposed for their whole lives to images that begin to colour their relationship: images of the Middle East, the working class, and how teenage boys and teenage girls behave. Put all these reactive factors together in the social laboratory that is a high school and observe: is there a solution for Fatima and Jorah?

High school, like no other social space, throws together people of all histories and backgrounds, and young people must decide what they believe in and how far they are willing to go to defend their beliefs. Inside a veritable pressure cooker, they negotiate cross-cultural respect and mutual understanding. Jabber does its part to challenge appearances – and the judgments people make based on those appearances.

Winner 2013 Best New Text, Montreal ENglish Language Theatre Awards

By Marcus Youssef

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Read more about Marcus Youssef


Foreword by Dennis Foon

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Read more about Dennis Foon


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news | 2018-01-29
Talon plays on stage now in Sudbury, Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Belleville, New York state, Ottawa, Richmond, and Pennsylvania state!

…one night only (February 18), Marcus Youssef’s Jabber , a powerful play about Muslim teen, is on stage …


news | 2017-11-07
Marcus Youssef wins the Siminovitch Prize!

…Theatre. Plays he’s written and cowritten include Jabber , A Line in the Sand , Adrift , two Ali & Ali …


news | 2017-09-26
Marcus Youssef nominated for Siminovitch Prize!

…but plays he’s written and cowritten include Jabber , A Line in the Sand , Adrift , two Ali & Ali …


news | 2015-09-25
Jabber is here!

…mutual understanding. Marcus Youssef’s new play, Jabber, does its part to challenge appearances – and the … judgments people make based on those appearances. Jabber is now available for $16.95. Order your copy …