As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

by Zoulfa Katouh

Rating: 5 (8 votes)

Tags: Set in Syria Female author

As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow

An epic, emotional, breathtaking story of love and loss set amid the Syrian revolution. Burning with the fires of hope and possibility, AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW will sweep you up and never let you go. _______________ SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS DISCOVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 'This is an important book. Everyone should read it' - Elizabeth Laird, award-winning author of Welcome to Nowhere 'Wrenching and lyrical' - Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Internment 'Hauntingly beautiful ... a must read' - Huda Fahmy, author of Huda F Are You _______________ Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She was even supposed to be meeting a boy to talk about marriage. Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors. She knows that she should be thinking about leaving, but who will help the people of her beloved country if she doesn't? With her heart so conflicted, her mind has conjured a vision to spur her to action. His name is Khawf, and he haunts her nights with hallucinations of everything she has lost. But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, when she crosses paths with Kenan, the boy she was supposed to meet on that fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all. Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are-not a war, but a revolution-and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria's freedom. _______________


Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Kathy
(2 months ago)
17 May, 2024
Excellent novel. Heartbreaking and inspirational story of Salama and Kenan, with Kenan's two younger siblings, the boy Salama was intended to marry. In the midst of the horror and violence, Salama meets Kenan and reignites the hope for a future together. The Horrors, the soulless terror, intimidation and brutality of a despotic regime is played out through their eyes. I found the continued torment Salama receives from the ghostly Khawf, truly annoying and unnecessary, though. I really don't know why this figmant had to be a part of the story. As a tool he is more annoying than helpful!
Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Janine
(2 weeks ago)
06 Jul, 2024
4.5 stars. A beautiful, sad story of a student pharmacist who loses her family to the Syrian Revolution and finds herself working in a hospital as a war nurse,

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