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Set against the backdrop of the Syrian Revolution, Zoulfa Katouh’s poignant debut novel, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow, is a moving and powerful love letter to Syria and its people. It’s a story full of strength, love, loss, hope and humanity that is impossible to forget. To celebrate the paperback release of As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow, we’re thrilled to be able to give five readers the chance to win a copy and fall in love with this story as much as we have.
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 had a normal teenager’s life.
Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe.
But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one 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.
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