One of this year’s most beautiful, ambitious, and timely fiction debuts is that by noted Palestinian-American poet Hala Alyan with her epoch-spanning novel, Salt Houses (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
“Alyan’s impressive first novel tracks the dispersal of four generations of a Palestinian family…The Yacoubs’ distinctly personal experiences will mirror the experiences of immigrants and refugees around the world and the Palestinians’ dislocation in particular…. Unexpected, deeply moving…this journey is well worth taking.” - Kirkus Reviews.
“Salt Houses is a piercingly elegant novel that registers Palestine with deep resonance for what it is: a once beloved home, known, lost, and re-imagined into life. A place where families decide between security and happiness, religion and heritage, where war is constant, yet peace is found. In the exquisite prose of a poet, Hala Alyan shows how we carry our origins in our hearts wherever we may roam, and how that history is calibrated by the places we choose to put down roots. This is a book with the power to both break and mend your heart.” —Ru Freeman.
Hala Alyan’s award-winning poetry includes the books Hijra, Four Cities, and Atrium.