Against the Loveless World

Susan Abulhawa (Author)
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"Susan Abulhawa possesses the heart of a warrior; she looks into the darkest crevices of lives, conflicts, horrendous injustices, and dares to shine light that can illuminate hidden worlds for us." --Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

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. Nahr's subversive humor and moral ambiguity will resonate with fans of My Sister, The Serial Killer, and her dark, contemporary struggle places her as the perfect sister to Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties.

Written with Susan Abulhawa's distinctive "richly detailed, beautiful, and resonant" (Publishers Weekly) prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.

Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Atria Books
Publish Date
August 25, 2020
Pages
384
Dimensions
5.9 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781982137038

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About the Author

Susan Abulhawa is a human rights activist, biologist and political commentator. She is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, a children's organisation dedicated to upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin, was an international bestseller, and was translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter.

Reviews

"A powerful and expansive story of love, resistance, and the search for freedom. Abulhawa's characters are raw, unapologetic, and unforgettable."--Saleem Haddad, author of Guapa
"A thrilling, defiant novel. Abulhawa's latest novel reads as a riot act against oppression, misogyny, and shame."--Fatima Bhutto, author of The Runaways
"Against the Loveless World is a masterpiece! As she does with every book, Susan Abulhawa paints stunningly beautiful and humanizing images of Palestinian women as they navigate the violence of settler-colonial oppression with dignity and agency. With this novel, she also forces us to wrestle with the complexities of love, freedom, struggle, and shame in ways that both inspire and challenge our very conceptions of what it means to be human. This is a major literary contribution that further cements Abulhawa's status as one of the most important writers of our generation."--Marc Lamont Hill, award-winning author of Nobody
"Nahr is a wonderful creation, strong-willed, passionate, unapologetic, and adventurous. Her refusal to accept the subordination expected of her propels the story at a thrilling pace. Her determination to find love in a loveless world and her unquenchable spirit in adversity shines a ray of hope into some very dark places."--Michael Palin, actor and philanthropist