Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

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Read Salt Houses Online Free - From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about  a  Palestinian family caught between present and past, between  displacement and home.

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, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children.

When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia’s children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities.

Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand—one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again. 

Title : Salt Houses
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ISBN : 0544912586
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Maureen rated it ★★★★☆

June 01, 2017

“We can't imagine how dreadful, how terrifying war is; and how normal it becomes. Can't understand, can't imagine. That's what every soldier, and every journalist and aid worker and independent observer who has put in time under fire, and had the luck to elude the death that struck down others ne...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

I wasn't sure what a salt house was before reading this so I googled the crap out of it and there was still no definitive definition. A house by the sea was the closest I got - but that's all you need to know for this one. This is a multigenerational story of a family in the Middle East. It's wher...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

May 04, 2017

4.5 stars A displaced family, a multigenerational story of their lives over decades in the various places they move to - from Jaffa to Kuwait to Amman to Paris and Boston . A Palestinian family, the Yacoubs, a family of means is not unscathed by the wars and the politics of the places in which the...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

August 28, 2017

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan is a 2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication. Powerful, eye opening cultural family saga – This deeply absorbing novel follows a Palestinian family through several generations as they endure war, loss, and displacement. As the story begins, Salma follows an old traditio...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

May 06, 2017

4.5 I have thought about this book on and off for the last day or so a buddy read with Angela and Esil. Such a wonderful family, displaced people, living in countries not of their birth. Displaced by war, in Iraq, Kuwait, Palestine, Arabs who try to find a home. We follow this family through gene...

Esil rated it ★★★★★

May 05, 2017

There’s something about Salt Houses that worked perfectly for me. It’s a multi-generational story about a family originally from Palestine, displaced and scattered, but that remains strongly united over the years. The story is told from the alternating points of view of a few family members acros...

Karen❄️ rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2017

4.5 This is a beautiful story about a Palestinian family uprooted from their home in Nablus in 1967 in the wake of the Six-Day War. The story begins with a mother named Salma reading her daughter Alia's future in a cup of coffee dregs on the eve of her wedding, and follows this family through their...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

May 10, 2017

...4.5 Stars....A wonderful Palestinian family saga evolves decade by decade taking the reader from one side of the world to the other, from one culture to another beginning with the happiness of young love and marriage in a land most loved through sadness and loss and the devastation of war with...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2017

I loved this novel. It takes a Palestinian family and follows different members throughout periods of conflict, chaos, and opportunity. It starts in the early 1960s and follows through the present day. It asks questions about home, family, belonging, and identity. Despite events often being dicta...

Dianne rated it ★★★★☆

July 09, 2017

Pretty impressive debut novel; a multigenerational family drama about the displacement of Palestinian refugees due to wars in the Middle East. The story has multiple narrators and follows four generations of the family as they are displaced over and over again, finally scattered throught the Midd...

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