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  • ISBN: 9780358126553
  • ISBN: 035812655X
  • Physical Description: xiv, 446 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021.

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"A rich family story, a personal look at the legacy of war in the Middle East, and an indelible rendering of how we hold on to the people and places we call home The Nasr family is spread across the globe--Beirut, Brooklyn, Austin, the California desert. A Syrian mother, a Lebanese father, and three American children: all have lived a life of migration. Still, they've always had their ancestral home in Beirut--a constant touchstone--and the complicated, messy family love that binds them. But following his father's recent death, Idris, the family's new patriarch, has decided to sell. The decision brings the family to Beirut, where everyone unites against Idris in a fight to save the house. They all have secrets--lost loves, bitter jealousies, abandoned passions, deep-set shame--that distance has helped smother. But in a city smoldering with the legacy of war, an ongoing flow of refugees, religious tension, and political protest, those secrets ignite, imperiling the fragile ties that hold this family together."--Publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
    *Starred Review* A dispersed Lebanese-Syrian family gathers in Beirut to halt the sale of their ancestral home, exposing unhealed wounds but also new opportunities for connection. Having escaped the Lebanese Civil War and settled in California, faded actress Mazna and her surgeon husband, Idris, are bickering their way into old age when a transplanted heart whispers to Idris that it's time to sell the crumbling family estate. Their grown children sense the gravity of the moment and oppose the sale but are preoccupied by their own problems. Ava in Park Slope suspects her husband of infidelity, Mimi in Austin can't get his music career off the ground, and Naj, still in Lebanon, parties listlessly and longs for forbidden fruit. The family's reluctant reunion underscores the distance between its members but also the persistence of the centripetal forces pulling them together. Interspersing scenes from Mazna's youth among present-day moments of chaos and conflict, Alyan (Salt Houses, 2017) points to patterns of secrecy and shame and the power of buried trauma to leap beyond displacement and time. Acute psychological insight and a sense of Beirut as a fluid, evolving entity further amplify the power of this moving family drama. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

HALA ALYAN is the author of the novel Salt Houses, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award and a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, as well as the forthcoming novel The Arsonists&; City and four award-winning collections of poetry, most recently The Twenty-Ninth Year. Her work has been published by TheNew Yorker, the Academy of American Poets, LitHub, the New York Times Book Review, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, where she works as a clinical psychologist.

Subject: Families > Lebanon > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Beirut (Lebanon) > Fiction.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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