Salt Houses


Salt Houses Author Hala Alyan
ISBN-10 0544912586
ISBN-13 9780544912588
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Reading Salt Houses is like having your coffee grounds read cosmic foreboding and titillating all at once In this magnificent debut Alyans powerful and poetic voice guides us into the dark recesses of history and leads us right up to the present tensions between East West the modern ancestral the hopeless and the hopeful Aline Ohanesian author of Orhan s Inheritance On the eve of her daughter Alias wedding Salma reads the girlsfuture 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 keepher predictions to herself that day they will all sooncome to passwhen the family is uprooted inthe wake of the Six Day War of 1967 Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus Alias brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world hecant escape andAlia and her gentle spirited husband move to Kuwait City where they reluctantly build a life with their three children When Saddam HusseininvadesKuwait in1990 Alia and her familyonce againlose their home their land and their story as they know it scattering toBeirut Paris Boston and beyond Soon Alias children begin families of their own once again navigating the burdens and blessings of assimilation in foreign cities Lyrical and heartbreaking Salt Housesis a remarkabledebut novel that challenges and humanizes an age old conflictwemightthink we understandone that asks us toconfrontthat most devastating of all truths you cant go home again

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