Lilas Taha’s Bitter Almonds is the gripping story of Palestinian exiles in Damascus who search for a sense of home and belonging. Set against the backdrop of political upheavals and wars, the author goes beyond headline news and skillfully portrays the characters as fully-realized human beings who cope with tangled relationships bound by complicated social customs. Written with compassion and a keen awareness of matters of the heart, this is a beautiful and moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the endearing power of love.
Author of The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, and The Promise
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
[A]n inthralling mix of history and Palestinian culture. Riveting.
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