Salt Houses

Salt Houses

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"From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home ... 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 up rooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia's brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can't escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia's children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities. Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand--one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can't go home again"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544912380
0544912381
9780544912588
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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Beatricksy Jun 25, 2017

As is often the case in family dramas the problems feel petty compared to the events occurring in the background. The book is strongest when it views war through its children's characters' eyes, as they have a difficult time understanding why they have limitations--but the rest of the time, it's ... Read More »


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Aug 18, 2017

Truly great books help us understand people who we might prefer to think of as 'other.' This one spans 3 generations and several decades of conflict in the Middle East... but it is also a story of mothers and sisters who love but don't understand eachother, who worry about how easily the men in their lives are distracted or manipulated. It put to shame my knowledge of both the history and geography of the area, and gave me a much more personal perspective on current events.

Beatricksy Jun 25, 2017

As is often the case in family dramas the problems feel petty compared to the events occurring in the background. The book is strongest when it views war through its children's characters' eyes, as they have a difficult time understanding why they have limitations--but the rest of the time, it's bickering and complaining about how people aren't what you expected. It can definitely be poetic and even delightful. I just wish it hadn't meandered quite so much. Some sections seemed unnecessary, while others could have used more. But that's life. It isn't always clean and interesting. Ah, family drama.

LPL_KateG Jun 08, 2017

Beautiful and lyrical family saga that covers a lot of ground without being 500 pages long! I really enjoyed getting to know this family over the generations, sharing their loves and their struggles. The descriptions of place are vivid and transporting. If you enjoy generational fiction written from a variety of narrators, give this one a try!

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