Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and won the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her newest novel, The Arsonist’s City, was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Hala Alyan
    The nuns teach us Quran, or rather they teach us how to read with fire at the heels of our feet. I behold daybreak, my father lively with god. He is good and so I am good. On Fridays I pop up from...
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    Hala Alyan
    Naomi Shihab Nye Sitti’s Secrets Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers I remember coming across this beautifully written (and illustrated) children’s book when I was...
  • The cover to Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
    Hala Alyan
    Boston. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2017. 312 pages. For a debut novel, Salt Houses is a sophisticated one with an interesting plot and well-developed characters. It deals with one of the worl...

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