Ashjaar Lil-Naas Al-Ghaa'ibeen (Paperback)

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Ashjaar lil-Naas al-Ghaa'ibeen (Trees for the Absentees) is a relatable coming-of-age tale of young love, meddling relatives, and heart-to-heart connections.Philistia is an ordinary university student with an extraordinary life. She has no idea when her father will be released from prison, and works part-time washing women's bodies in the ancient Ottoman hammam in Nablus. A midwife and corpse washer in her time, Philistia can't help but reminisce about her late Grandma Zahia, who taught her the ritual ablutions and the secrets of life and death.In the enthralling darkness of the hamman in occupied Palestine, Philistia falls in love and embarks on a magical journey through her country's history, one of loss and centuries of oppression. As trees are uprooted around her, Philistia searches for a place of refuge, a place where she can plant a memory for the ones she's lost.Also available in an English language paperback edition titled Trees for the Absentees.

About the Author

Ahlam Bsharat is a Palestinian writer who grew up in a village in Northern Palestine. She completed her Master's Degree in Arabic Literature at An-Najah National University in Nablus. Besides poetry, picture books, short stories, novels, and memoirs, she has written a number of television and radio scripts. Her books have received many awards and recommendations.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781911107217
ISBN-10: 1911107216
Publisher: Neem Tree Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 96
Language: Arabic