The Blue Between Sky and Water
Author: Susan Abulhawa
Set between Palestine and the United States, this is a novel that brightly interweaves political and family history. It is a touching exploration of family and roots and how they define who we are, not only in Palestinian culture and history, but also on a universal level.
A boy named Khaled tells this story in Gaza, from the blue between sky and water. He sits silently in the midst of four generations of women who move through the world around him.
His mother’s cousin, Nur, is the one who got lost in America. She came back searching the Mediterranean shore for her parts. She suffused their lives with myrrh and mirth. And Rhet Shel, his little sister, was the promise they all made to each other. She held up the sun.
«The story Susan Abulhawa tells in this marvelous novel is hard to bear but impossible to ignore. Abulhawa’s vision is precise, courageous, and dazzling.» Teju Cole