Magazine article World Literature Today

Salt Houses

Magazine article World Literature Today

Salt Houses

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Hala Alyan. Salt Houses. Boston. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2017. 312 pages.

For a debut novel, Salt Houses is a sophisticated one with an interesting plot and welldeveloped characters. It deals with one of the world's most complicated and continuing problems, namely, that of the Palestinians suffering from the loss of most of their country to Israel and attempting, as refugees, to reconstitute their lives elsewhere. It is written in a lyrical style by an award-winning author of three poetry collections, Hala Alyan, a teacher at New York University and a practicing clinical psychologist. Dr. Alyan is also an impressive performer with several talks and appearances to her credit.

Salt Houses tells the story of four generations of a Palestinian family, the Yacoubs, who originally lived in a villa in Jaffa on the Mediterranean seashore until the 1967 SixDay War forced them inland to Nablus as refugees. When in 1963 mother Salma reads the future in the dregs of her daughter, Alia's, coffee cup on the eve of the latter's wedding, she sees her forthcoming uprooted life and her children's; she does not tell her of that, but it comes to pass in the 1967 war. …

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