About Lilas Taha

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far has created 31 blog entries.

“[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

“Lilas Taha’s BITTER LMONDS exemplifies struggle of displacement, power of human spirit.” Author interview and book discussion in Elan Magazine


“Lilas Taha’s great gift in BITTER ALMONDS is to create characters and scenes so richly resonant with life and vitality, that the complicated, lush world of the Middle East feels as tangible and close as any world you are living in. Crucial in our strange days? Perhaps more than anything.”

– Naomi Shihab Nye
Author of Habibi

Taha will be at a reading and discussion event for BITTER ALMONDS on October 7th, 2015 at Sakeyat Addaraweesh in Amman, Jordan.


“An inthralling mix of history and Palestinian culture. Riveting.” In The City: Short book review in The Lady

“Both an engaging romance and a convincing period drama.” Read full review of Lilas Taha’s bitter-sweet story about Palestinians in Damascus in The National

“Lilas Taha’s Bitter Almonds encompasses the pain of exile.” Author interview in The National

BITTER ALMONDS made it to the Gulf Times Newspaper. The article talks about books by Arab Women writers.

SHADOWS OF DAMASCUS was chosen as a finalist in the Mainstream w/Romantic Elements category of the Colorado Romance Writers 2015 Award of Excellence Contest. To see the finalists list on the CRW website, click here. Winners will be announced at the CRW conference in Denver, Colorado on August 8, 2015.

Finalist Medallion-Mainstream