“Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.” —Audre Lorde, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury”
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The stories in this epic collection are like Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera if it had been set in the Palestinian village of Tel al-Hilou. One after another, the residents and their descendents fall in love in the midst of war, even as they move to the United States and, after nearly 100 years, return for Christmas and a hope for new life.
Susan Muaddi Darraj is the author of The Inheritance of Exile, which was a finalist in the AWP Book Awards Series and named ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year (Short Fiction). She is a fiction editor for Barrelhouse Magazine and co-founder of the annual Conversations & Connections Conference: Practical Advice on Getting Published. Her new book, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named winner of the AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction and the American Book Award, and shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award. She is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
“Darraj writes traditional, tragic love stories set among Orthodox Palestinians during periods of historical unrest … A superb collection and a perfect selection for public libraries.”— Booklist
“Chatty, generous, and often hilarious, this book is full of characters you won’t want to leave behind.”—Randa Jarrar
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