It s April 1948, and war hangs over Jaffa One minute seven year old Salim is dreaming of taking his first harvest from the family s orange tree the next he is swept away into a life of exile and rage.Seeking a new beginning in swinging Sixties London, Salim finds an unexpected love with Jude, a troubled Jewish girl struggling with her own devastating family legacy The bond between them flourishes in the freedom of the age, bringing the promise of thrilling new worlds But before long, childhood conflicts and prejudices reawaken to infringe upon their life together, pulling them and their children inexorably back towards the Middle East and its battlegrounds.From Russia s pogroms, to the Summer of Love and the Middle East s restless cities, Ishmael s Oranges follows the journeys of men and women cast adrift by war to tell the story of two families spanning the crossroad events of modern times, and of the legacy of hatred their children inherit. Read Ishmaels Oranges Author Claire Hajaj – e17streets4all.co.uk
Claire Hajaj has spent her life building bridges between two worlds, sharing both Palestinian and Jewish heritage She has lived on four continents and worked for the United Nations in war zones from Burma to Baghdad A former contributor to the BBC World Service, Claire s writing has also appeared in Time Out and Literary Review She lives in Beirut, Lebanon.
- 336 pages
- Ishmaels Oranges
- Claire Hajaj
- 03 March 2017 Claire Hajaj