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Bitter Almonds is now available in large print by Ulverscroft Publishing Ltd

“[F]ramed by the title and recurring references, almonds serve as a metaphor for Palestine, referring to the fertile orchards left behind and the nostalgia felt by their former cultivators. Calling the book “Bitter Almonds” expands the metaphor to cover the refugees’ disappointments and hard experience, as well as the plot’s unifying theme — a great love that must traverse a long, difficult path to be fulfilled.” Read full review in The Jordan Times

ABC Treehut in The Hague, The Netherlands, in partnership with HBKU Press, hosted a reading and book signing for Palestinian-American author, Lilas Taha. Ms Taha read from her latest novel, Bitter Almonds. Click here for details.


Reading and book signing on April 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm at TIRAZ Centre, Amman, Jordan.


Bitter Almonds is a poignant exposition of Palestinian Arabs living in perpetual exile from their homeland. This is another historical fiction story on a subject contrary to what readers usually hear and read about from this war-torn corner of the Middle East, where residents are currently being forced into exile again. Recommended reading!” Read full review by Historical Novel Society

BITTER ALMONDS chosen as one of FreshFiction’s Best Reads in January!

BITTER ALMONDS is at #9 on the list by Bustle.com for January 2016’s 13 best YA books to read when the snow inevitably falls.

Meet author Lilas Taha on Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m. at your Sugar Land HPB. Lilas will discuss and sign her new novel Bitter Almonds. Hardback copies available for purchase starting January 19 as specially-priced new items while supplies last.


“[t]he novel deals poignantly with both the issue of drawing the boundaries of responsibility along familial lines and, by extension, along national lines, in the sense that filial responsibility is tied to national identity. In doing so, it offers a hopeful glimpse into the possibilities of family-building and belonging beyond blood-bound ties, which has profound implications for developing the larger, social, global family.” See full review in the Middle East Monitor

Norwegian bitter almonds new

BITTER ALMONDS is translated into the Norwegian language and is published by Cappelen Damm AS