Spanning fifty years, Salt Houses is a devastating and lyrical debut about one family in the wake of war, about needing to remember, and learning to forget.
Hala Alyan was born in 1986. After living in various parts of the Middle East, she completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at NYU and is now in private practice. She has been published in Guernica and other literary journals, and is the award-winning author of three poetry collections.
Salt Houses is a piercingly elegant novel that registers
Palestine with deep resonance for what it is: a once beloved home,
known, lost, and re-imagined into life. A place where families
decide between security and happiness, religion and heritage, where
war is constant, yet peace is found. In the exquisite prose of a
poet, Hala Alyan shows how we carry our origins in our hearts
wherever we may roam, and how that history is calibrated by the
places we choose to put down roots. This is a book with the power
to both break and mend your heart. -- Ru Freeman, author of On Sal
A fiercely-told story of a family fleeing and rebuilding their lives. * Good Housekeeping *
Heartbreaking. * Stylist *
Hala Alyan's Salt Houses flies like a searchlight between history and fiction, unearthing the life of a single displaced Palestinian family among the rubble and illuminating it so deeply, so brilliantly, we cannot help but connect the story's richly imagined past to our very real present. -- Mira Jacob, author of THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING
Upon finishing I was quite overwhelmed by the impact of what was a masterfully written exploration into the mystery of identity rooted in place, family and memory, and the opportunity for redemption and healing through new generations... A moving and skilfully executed novel, Alyan's debut is well worth discovering. * CultureFly *