I liked this more than I thought I would. The first 100 pages are tough—a choppy storyline, new (to me) culture (haven‘t read much Palestinian lit)—but I found a groove eventually and really enjoyed the writing and characters that span generations. Wouldn‘t have discovered it without my book club! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 10/30 for #bfcr2
Was hoping to finish the tagged book tonight. And then my very independent kitty decided that he missed me and fell asleep all curled up in my lap. 😭❤️
Book club book for #litsyAtoZ challenge. Nice story of multiple generations of a middle eastern family. A little confusing as it jumps back and forth in time. Nothing major happens, it's just a story of their lives. I'd give it 3 stars as it was a little slow for me but a sweet storyline. @bookishmarginalia
An interesting novel of an Middle Eastern family told by various members of the family at key historical points in time. I liked reading about their everyday lives and the impact of or reaction to the historical events but overall felt that it was too slow for me.
A bibliophile‘s torture: Checking into my hotel for a weekend full of meetings, I see a gift bag with Ta-Nahesi Coates‘ name on it. It turns out he won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for non-fiction and the tagged author for fiction (which I really liked). This bookish thing is happening right where I am and I can‘t go! Torture! I can even see INTO the event from my hotel window! 😫😫😫
I‘m celebrating pretty things today ... Beautiful cover and gorgeous flowers. 😍
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Books I found at the Singapore library@orchard
A debut novel about the displacement of a Palestinian family.
First line: “When Salma peers into her daughter‘s coffee cup, she knows instantly she must lie.”
Have you read it?
I wouldn‘t classify this one as a page turner, but it was lovely. This follows a middle eastern family through several generations, and all over the world. It‘s beauty is in its simplicity. War, loss, hope, religion, and tradition weaving through the stories of this family and their everyday lives. 3 1/2 stars
The story of a Palestinian family displaced from their home in Nablus who move to Kuwait & later Beirut and Amman. It covers 3 generations & jumps ahead in years from 1960s to 2014. Realistic & thought-provoking as to the experience of being a migrant in #Kuwait, but I found the domestic conflicts repetitive across the generations & neither the plot nor the characters held my interest. Good on themes of family & displacement. #passportlitsy
#Booked2018 #LitWorld2018GB - #Palestine (Author's ethnicity) #santhiReads2018
Brilliant writing, thick with emotion, swept me through the family's hopes and tribulations. Their togetherness kept me glued to the heart-tugging story
Identity... Cataloging of origins is inevitable in current times, methinks.
The other #eBook to keep me awake
Strong characters + skilful writing kept me tapping the pages
This will be one of the #DiverseReads for above
I support those who disagree with labels POC/ Minority writers; both are relative terms. (Surely Chinese & Indian authors cannot be minority when they are the populous nations, nor Japanese a person of colour :))
I prefer diversity to indicate various backgrounds of writers.
A couple books I had to get today. I had to! They‘re on sale! 😆 #BookSale
I'm not usually drawn to books about the Middle East, but between the reviews and trying to diversify my reading, I knew this was one I should pick up. A beautiful multigenerational story, reminding you that in the midst of war and loss of home, there is still redeeming beauty if you look for it.
I don't know how to rate this one, even after a few days to think on it. I didn't love it like all the other reviewers. I enjoyed it while reading it, but struggled to want to pick it back up each time I put it down. I think too many of the stories had the same base note: sad (in variations like regretful, ashamed, bitter, unhappy...) But - also interesting perspectives and story lines, and well-written. So I had mixed feelings.
I am neither Israeli nor Palestinian by ancestry but if my Mom and Dad and special Aunt and grandparents were here today I would give them all great big hugs after finishing this book. Alyan tells a heartbreaking and beautiful story about family and displacement. I loved this book.
Day 17 #AugustGrrrl The Israel/Palestine issue is extremely #complicated 😔Certainly, not easy to transcribe in fiction~ This book follows one Palestinian family and their experience from 1948 -2014. I found the writing poetic however I was uncomfortable by the author's narrative, as it differs so vastly from my own personal beliefs. I hope readers will recognize the re-telling of history is not so linear and one dimensional. #ReadBeyondBorders ❤️