Hala Alyan's novel spans generations of a Palestinian family as they search for home and identity in diaspora. Hala Alyan's debut novel Salt Houses has shaken up the literary world. The Palestinian-American poet and psychologist's book is a family drama about displacement that traverses conflicts, countries and continents. The novel explores the experiences of eight members of a Palestinian family spanning six generations.
It features dozens of hijabi women who don’t appear to be oppressed. One of these mesmerising women dances her way through a dilapidated building, presumably somewhere in Arabia, without the faintest care in the world. There’s nothing erotic or exotic about her dancing: the choreography consists of an amalgam of moves that can only be described as beautifully erratic, and the woman is dressed in a flowy, figure-concealing abaya. Crucially, there’s no Western gaze on the women.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve been woman-crushing on psychologist, poet and writer Hala Alyan for years now. So I was especially pleased that the Palestinian-American’s debut novel, Salt Houses (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2017), has received heaps of well-deserved praise from everyone including the LA Review of Books to the National. The book has garnered so much attention in literary circles, it’s even made it on to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s summer reading list.
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