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Hala Alyan

Biography

Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals, including the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. She resides in Manhattan.

Hala Alyan

Books by Hala Alyan

by Hala Alyan - Fiction

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia’s brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can’t escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home. Soon Alia’s children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities.