Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine (Hardcover)

Coming of Age in Palestine

By Ibtisam Barakat

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), 9780374302511, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2016



Picking up where Tasting the Sky left off, Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. Ibtisam finds inspiration through writing letters to pen pals and from an adult who encourages her to keep at it, but the most surprising turn of all for Ibtisam happens when her mother decides that she would like to seek out an education, too. This memoir is a touching, at times funny, and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area.

A Margaret Ferguson Book

About the Author

Ibtisam Barakat is the author of TASTING THE SKY: A PALESTINIAN CHILDHOOD. She grew up in Palestine and is an educator, poet, and peace activist. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.