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Salt Houses (2017)

de Hala Alyan

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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"--… (mais)
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This book feels very relevant given the current ceasefire in place between Israel and Palestine.
The story opens in Nablus in 1963 on the eve of a family wedding. Using different narrative voices we follow the family through successive wars between Palestine and Israel which sees this wealthy family uprooted and scattered across the Middle East Europe and America. It is both informative and revealing of what it is to continually lose your home. Where do you fit?
My one criticism is that at times it felt a little disjointed because of the rapidly moving time frame and changing voices. ( )
  HelenBaker | Jun 8, 2021 |
Alyan crafts a beautiful story with well-drawn complex characters about the bonds of family, the trials of displacement, and the pain of the loss of the place called home.

This family saga follows four generations of a Palestinian family starting in 1968 where they are currently been living in Nablus (West Bank) for fifteen years after being displaced from Jaffa. Due to their family’s wealth they avoided being placed in a refugee camp, but as political events constantly change in the region, family members find themselves living in Kuwait, Amman, Beirut, France, and America.

The story revolves around eight main characters, and each chapter focuses on one of them. Often, we gain more insight on the other characters, than the one narrating. While the family lands on its feet with each move, the privilege that comes from money and connections, does not erase the trauma, prejudice, and discrimination that they experience for being Palestinian.

This is a gripping narrative richly told with cultural and historical details written by a first rate storyteller. ( )
  bookmuse56 | Mar 22, 2021 |
Just a really nicely done book that navigates generations and cultures and nationalities and national tragedies with what feels like (but surely wasn't) ease. Although the family's experience is vastly different from any of my own experiences, I felt like I was right there with them -- they felt familiar and lovely and awful, as families do -- across all these navigated boundaries. One of my favorite reads of the year so far. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
This is a family drama that is both global and relevant. It takes place in Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Paris, and Boston. It spans four generations from matriarch Salma, to her three children: Widad, Mustafa, and Alia. It opens the day before Alia's wedding and it unfolds over the next decades, from the Six Days War, to the Kuwait War, to anxieties after 9/11. It is beautifully written and engrossing for its attention to detail and depiction of characters. I would give this a solid 4.5, and I plan to include this in a future teaching rotation. I'm eager to see what Ms. Alyan writes next. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
The voice is lyrical, poetic, and the characters are described. It provides a much needed perspective on the Palestinian diaspora and gives a sense of displacement. But I thought it was rather desultory, meandering, weak on plot. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
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In what feels like a very personal debut novel, the award-winning poet Alyan, her lyrical skills on full display, traces four generations of the Yacoub family as they are forced into the ranks of the Palestinian diaspora. Constantly uprooted by war, Salma, Hussam, and their children Widad, Alia, and Mustafa make disparate decisions that have ramifications for their offspring over five decades. First fleeing Israeli tanks that bulldoze through their home in Jaffa, later settling in Nablus, only to be routed by the 1967 Six-Day War, Alia and her husband, Atef, relocate with her sister Widad to Kuwait. Salma, now a widow, joins the family in Amman, Jordan, while Mustafa, the rebellious brother who was the light around which his family circled, disappears. The Yacoubs are fortunate. Not relegated to refugee camps, they have the wherewithal to fashion new lives for themselves. Still, Alyan makes it abundantly clear how displaced persons, separated from their culture, their religion, and their homeland, are forever altered. VERDICT This timely historical does for the Palestinians what Khaled Hosseini did for the people of Afghanistan. By placing readers inside the hearts and minds of one Arab family scattered from Paris to Boston to Lebanon, she beautifully illustrates the resilience of the human spirit.
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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"--

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