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Mother of strangers : a novel / Suad Amiry.

Amiry, Suad, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 059331655X : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780593316559 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780593316559
  • ISBN: 059331655X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2022.

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Summary, etc.:
"Set in Jaffa in 1947-51, this fable-like novel is a heartbreaking tale of young love during the beginning of the destruction of Palestine and displacement of its people. At times darkly humorous and ironic but also profoundly moving, this novel based on a true story follows the lives of a 15 year old engineer, Subhi, and the 13 year old girl, Shams, he hopes one day to marry. It brings Jaffa vividly to life as a beautiful city by the sea where Jews, Palestinians and Christians lived peacefully just before it was destroyed by the November 29, 1947 UN General Assembly Resolution 181 that would partition Palestine into two states and the end of the British Mandate on May 14, 1948. The first part of the story conveys the prosperous life of this cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean-with its old cinemas, lively cafes and brothels, open air markets, a bustling port and orange groves on the hills behind-through the lives of the families of Subhi and Shams, but particularly through Subhi, a gifted engineer. As the novel evolves, the bombing and displacements of families begin, and we get a fascinating though dark close-up of how those who were left survived which we see more through Shams and her sisters. This novel is a cinematic, though devastating account of an important moment in history of the Middle East and portrait of city irrevocably changed"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Jaffa (Tel Aviv, Israel) > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burnham Library - Bridgewater.


  • 0 current holds with 4 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burnham Library - Bridgewater FIC AMIRY (Text) 36937002168962 Adult New Material Available -

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