Title: Blue Between Sky and Water, The
Authors: Abulhawa, Susan
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 292
Year: 2015
Language: English
Description: In 1947, life for the Palestinian Baraka family is irrevocably changed when they are forcibly removed from their village by a fledgling Israel, destined for life in a refugee camp. Centred around a cast of strong women - from Nazmiyeh the matriarch through to Nur her American granddaughter - this story of dispossession is leavened with mysticism and anchored in the strength of family.

Bringing into vivid relief the hardship and suffering of Gaza, this is a lyrical and haunting novel of Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The language and descriptions in this book are breathtakingly beautiful."

"The characters seemed very real and the story has a real heart. It touched mine."

"The story is a little like a fairy tale in parts (eg, belief in a djinni named Sulayman and imaginary friends)."

"I liked the writing; her imagery is beautiful and thought-provoking."

"Well written, easy to read and I found it unable to put the book down."

"I didn't like the mysticism in this book."

"It is good to see the Arab/Israeli conflict from the eyes of a Palestinian, but there is violence and rape."

"Very one-sided, I preferred her other book, 'Mornings in Jenin'."

Categories: Fiction, War theme, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Faction, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Human Rights, Relationships, Palestine, 2018 Titles


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