An epic, emotional, breathtaking story of love and loss set amid the Syrian revolution, from stellar new talent Zoulfa Katouh. Shortlisted for the British Book Awards
Zoulfa Katouh is a Syrian Canadian based in Switzerland. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Drug Sciences and finds Studio Ghibli inspiration in the mountains, lakes and stars surrounding her. When she’s not talking to herself in the woodland forest, she’s drinking iced coffee, baking aesthetic cookies and cakes, and telling everyone who will listen about how BTS paved the way. A dream of hers is to get Kim Nam-joon to read one of her books. As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow is her debut novel. zoulfakatouh.com
Zoulfa Katouh writes from the heart about the Syria she knows and
loves. She tells with an authentic voice one of the great and most
tragic stories of our time. The tender love story at the heart of
the novel humanises the horrors of war and the shocking tragedy
that has befallen Syria. This is an important book. Everyone should
*Elizabeth Laird, award-winning author of Welcome to Nowhere*
A searing story of war, loss, family and love, of seeking grace in madness and hope in tragedy, AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW is a phenomenal tale, a piercing keen for the Syria that was and the Syria that is. An absolute must read.
*Sabaa Tahir, #1 NYT bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes*
As gorgeous as it is groundbreaking, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow holds many things at once: beauty and ruin; brutality and sweetness; tender love in the midst of shattering violence. Katouh writes with urgency and grace, and while she never shies from the horrors of war, neither does she miss a single note of hope—and there are so many. This book is devastatingly beautiful.
*David Arnold, NYT bestselling author of Mosquitoland and The Electric Kingdom*
Wrenching and lyrical, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow heralds a stunning new voice in young adult literature. This heartbreakingly beautiful novel challenges the reader to open their hearts and minds to the ongoing revolution in Syria against a ruthless dictator--one who has taken too many lives and forced over 7 million Syrians to flee their homeland. Zoulfa Katouh reminds us of the awesome power of love, hope, and tenacity even in the most desperate circumstances. A gorgeous, compelling read that you will not be able to put down.
*Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Internment*
We don’t deserve Katouh’s gorgeous words and heartbreaking story, but she has blessed us with it anyway. AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW is not only stunningly written, it’s also an incredibly important work of our time, a book that will no doubt touch millions and leave us all broken and aching for more of Katouh’s writing.
*Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of DIAL A FOR AUNTIES*
As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow is hauntingly beautiful. Katouh masterfully tells a story that's both painful and captivating, you won't be able to put the book down. Her characters are so achingly real they'll live with you weeks after you've finished reading. The story manages to embrace fear in the time of war, love in spite of loss, and hope in the face of darkness. I cannot stress it enough, this book is a must read.
*Huda Fahmy, author of Huda F Are You*
Brilliant, beautiful, powerful. As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow will leave a profound mark on your soul, transforming the way you see love, loss, and the human capacity for resilience and hope that soars above all
*S.K Ali, New York Times bestselling author of Love from A to Z and Saints and Misfits*
It is a brilliant and important book – poignant and impactful ... So many YA novels are about traumatised and courageous heroines in dystopian fantasy worlds, but this book is about what real teenagers face every day in Syria and elsewhere in the world – and they are just as brave as fictional characters
By turns heart-wrenching and heart-warming, Zoulfa Katouh’s debut is an unflinching and eye-opening exploration of the impact of war. Beautiful, powerful and ringing with emotion, it will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.
*Katherine Woodfine, author of the Sinclair's Mysteries*