Bilal's Bread

Front Cover
Alyson Books, 2005 - Fiction - 240 pages
5 Reviews

After fleeing Iraq, the Kurdish Abu family have settled in the United States. Salim, the eldest brother, has been deeply damaged by the torture he suffered at the hands of the Iraqi police, and his psychotic rages are becoming increasingly violent. At only 16, the youngest son, Bilal, holds the family secrets close, revealing nothing. But his conflict is deepened by his own sexual awakening, and he begins to direct his rage and frustration on his own body through cutting. A powerful story of a clash of cultures and the power of the individual voice.

Sulayman Xis a novelist living in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is an editor and writer forThe Bangkok Post.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

Bilal Abu has a lot to say, but he's scared to open his mouth. And who could blame him? A 16-year-old Iraqu refugee, he has to contend with his immigrant family's never-ending drama and his fanatical ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - starlight70 - LibraryThing

I usually prefer a book with a happy ending, told in a light manner and humorous, if possible. Bilal's Bread does nothing with the 'light manner' stuff. It is a book written with a horrific detail on ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

9 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

X. Sulayman is a novelist living in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is an editor and writer for The Bangkok Post.

Bibliographic information