Against the Loveless World


by Susan Abulhawa

In this “beautiful…urgent” novel (The New York Times), Nahr, a young Palestinian woman, fights for a better life for her family as she travels as a refugee throughout the Middle East.

As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation.

Paperback | 400 pages | Washington Square Press | 2021

susan abulhawa is a novelist, poet, essayist, scientist, activist, and mother. She is Palestinian, whose family was driven out of their home when Israel launched the war of 1967, capturing what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem.

abulhawa is also the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organization dedicated to upholding The Right to Play for Palestinian children. Other words include My Voice Sought the Wind (poetry, Just World Books, 2013), and several anthologies.

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