The Blue Between Sky and Water

The Blue Between Sky and Water

Book - 2015
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It is 1947, and Beit Daras, a quiet village in Palestine surrounded by olive groves, is home to the Baraka family. Eldest daughter Nazmiyeh looks after her widowed mother, prone to wandering and strange outbursts, while her brother Mamdouh tends to the village bees. Their younger sister, Mariam, with her striking mismatched eyes, spends her days talking to imaginary friends and writing.
When Israeli forces gather outside the town's borders, nobody suspects the terror that is about to descend. Soon the village is burning and, amidst smoke and ash, the family must take the long road to Gaza, in a walk that will test them to their limits.

Sixty years later, Mamdouh's granddaughter Nur is living in America. She falls in love with a married man, a doctor who works in Palestine, and follows him to Gaza. There she meets Alwan, the mother of Khaled - a boy trapped in his own body, unable to wake up from a deep blue dream. It is through her that Nur will at last discover the ties of kinship that transcend distance - and even death.
The Blue Between Sky and Water is a story of powerful, flawed women; of relocation, separation and heartache; of renewal, family, endurance, and love. Susan Abulhawa brings a raw humanity and delicate authority to the story of Palestine in this devastatingly beautiful tale.
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury Circus,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781408865101
Characteristics: ix, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Martha C Dolman
Feb 15, 2016

I really enjoyed this lovely mystical tale of love and loss and life affirming hope. The strength of the women of this family is encouraging for a future of peace in the region.

dbboys Oct 21, 2015

This is a beautifully written novel. Throughly enjoy it.

Jul 01, 2015

well written enjoyed

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Jul 01, 2015

sherylfinn thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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