Salt Houses

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HarperCollins, May 2, 2017 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award
 
Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR * Nylon * Kirkus Reviews * Bustle * BookPage
 
“Moving and beautifully written.” — Entertainment Weekly

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. 
            Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses follows three generations of a Palestinian family and asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again.

“[Alyan is] a master.” — Los Angeles Review of Books
 
“Beautiful . . . An example of how fiction is often the best filter for the real world around us.” — NPR
 
“Gorgeous and sprawling . . . Heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely.” — Dallas Morning News
 
“[Salt Houses] illustrate[s] the inherited longing and sense of dislocation passed like a baton from mother to daughter.” — New York Times Book Review
 

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User Review  - Castlelass - LibraryThing

“He thinks of them, instinctively touching the soil again. All the houses they have lived in, the ibriks and rugs and curtains they have bought; how many windows should any person own? The houses ... Read full review

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User Review  - sriddell - LibraryThing

Multi-generation family saga. This book tells the story of a Palestinian family displaced repeatedly by war, starting in the 1960s and continuing well into the 21st century. But throughout changes ... Read full review

Contents

SALMA
1
MUSTAFA
24
ALIA
48
ATEF
77
RIHAM
104
ALIA
131
SOUAD
157
RIHAM
176
LINAH
225
ATEF
250
MANAR
275
Epilogue
297
Back Matter
311
Back Flap
313
Back Cover
314
Spine
315

SOUAD
202

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About the author (2017)

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 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, Literary Hub, the New York Times Book Review, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, where she works as a clinical psychologist.

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