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The Blue Between Sky and Water

Susan Abulhawa


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In the small Palestinian farming village of Beit Daras, the women of the Baraka family inspire awe. Nazmiyeh is brazen and fiercely protective of her clairvoyant little sister, Mariam, with her mismatched eyes, and of their mother, Um Mahmoud, known for the fearsome djinn that sometimes possesses her. When the family is forced by the newly formed State of Israel to leave their ancestral home, only Nazmiyeh and her brother survive the long road to Gaza. Amidst the violence and fragility of the refugee camp, Nazmiyeh builds a family, navigates crises, and nurtures what remains of Beit Daras's community. But her brother continues his exile's journey to America, where, upon his death, his granddaughter Nur grows up alone, in a different kind of exile, the longing for family and roots eventually beckoning her to Gaza.

Internationally bestselling author Susan Abulhawa's powerful new novel explores the legacy of dispossession across continents and generations. With devastatingly clear-eyed vision of political and personal trauma, The Blue Between Sky and Water is the story of flawed yet profoundly courageous women, of separation and heartache, endurance and renewal.

Praise For The Blue Between Sky and Water

"Abulhawa’s characters’ lives vividly depict resiliency in the face of adversity." —Publishers Weekly

"A family saga with global reach, these stories of fortune tellers, fighters, little girls and old women, jump off the page and into the soul and reach far beyond any headline or statistic, past the head, to the heart." —Laleh Khadivi, author of THE AGE OF ORPHANS and THE WALKING

"The publication of Susan Abulhawa's The Blue Between Sky and Water marks a giant step in the development of Palestinian fiction. The book is a great feat of imagination and storytelling." —Raja Shehadeh, author of STRANGERS IN THE HOUSE

Bloomsbury USA, 9781632862228, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

About the Author

Susan Abulhawa was born to Palestinian refugees of the 1967 war. Currently living in Pennsylvania with her daughter, she is a human rights activist and frequent political commentator. She is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an organization dedicated to upholding Palestinian children's right to play, even under occupation, and in refugee camps abroad. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin, was an international success, translated into twenty-six languages.