Henna House

Henna House

By Nomi Eve

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781476740287, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

A touching coming-of-age story ("Publishers Weekly") in the tradition of Anita Diamant's "The Red Tent," about a young woman, her family, their community and the customs that bind them, from a storyteller of uncommon energy and poise (Michiko Kakutani, " The New York Times").
This vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920. Adela Damari's parents health is failing as they desperately seek a future husband for their young daughter, who is in danger of becoming adopted by the local Muslim community if she is orphaned. With no likely marriage prospects, Adela's situation looks dire until she meets two cousins from faraway cities: a boy with whom she shares her most treasured secret, and a girl who introduces her to the powerful rituals of henna. Ultimately, Adela's life journey brings her old and new loves, her true calling, and a new life as she is transported to Israel as part of Operation On Wings of Eagles.
Rich, evocative, and enthralling, "Henna House "is an intimate family portrait interwoven with the traditions of the Yemenite Jews and the history of the Holocaust and Israel. This sensuous tale of love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness and the dyes that adorn the skin and pierce the heart will captivate readers until the very last page.

About the Author
Nomi Eve is the author of "The Family Orchard", which was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a freelance book reviewer for "The Village Voice" and New York" Newsday". Her stories have appeared in "Glimmer Train Stories", "The Voice Literary Supplement", "Conjunctions", and "The International Quarterly". She is currently a lecturer in the creative writing program at Bryn Mawr College and lives in Philadelphia with her family.