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Against the loveless world, Susan Abulhawa

Against the loveless world, Susan Abulhawa
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Against the loveless world
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Susan Abulhawa
As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she's forced to prostitute herself and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation. Nahr's subversive humour and moral ambiguity will resonate with fans of My Sister, The Serial Killer and her dark, contemporary struggle places her as the perfect sister to Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties
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