Under Olive Trees (Hardcover)
The Odyssey of a Palestinian-American Family
iUniverse, 9781440195037, 516pp.
Publication Date: February 19, 2010
When Israel attacked Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria on June 5, 1967, husband and wife, Sally Bahous and Delmas Allen, knew that to ensure their safety they must soon leave Beirut, Lebanon, which had been their home for the last four years. With their three young children-Carrie, Jimbo, and Sudie-they boarded the USS Exilona bound for the United States. At that time more than forty years ago, author Sally Bahous didn't realize she would never return to Beirut. Based on letters Sally and Delmas wrote to their parents during the four years they lived in Beirut, this memoir vividly conveys the richness of Palestinian family life, history, and culture before and after Israel took possession of Palestinian lands, the political forces that originated and sustained Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands, and the injustice to the people that followed. Through a detailed portrayal of the daily lives of Sally's family in the Palestinian community already in exile in Beirut, Under Olive Trees describes the events and attitudes that led to that exile. Interwoven throughout are easy to- follow memories of life in Palestine before the exile to Beirut. Bahous paints a beautiful portrait of a life enriched by family and friends.
About the Author
Sally Bahous was born in Tabgha, Palestine, in 1939 and was educated in the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in English literature. She is also the author of Sitti and the Cats. Retired after twenty-three years of teaching, she lives with her husband of fifty one years in Mexico.