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The Nasrs’ story, through a unique and distinct lens, will resonate with everyone that has loved and lost. The family heads back to reunite at their ancestral home in Lebanon where they all must face trials against their inner demons and unite in order to save what they hold closet to their hearts.

The Arsonists' City is a stunning novel that not only spans generations but also borders. With slow paced, poetic prose that give these characters a depth that is so often lacking in many novels, Hala Alyan delivers a rich and nuanced look at the heartache and pain that comes with life and finding one’s place in the world both physically and emotionally.

After Alyan’s most recent novel I am eager to connect with her full body of work, especially Salt Houses, and will also patiently await her next release. Her expressive and poignant style is not to be missed!