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Henna House

Henna House

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Henna House

Henna House

Audio CD

09/09/2014

12 Audio CD

829 minutes

9781633791558

Audio Library Digital

09/09/2014

829 minutes

9781633791572

Audio Retail Digital

09/09/2014

829 minutes

9781633791589

Audio MP3 CD

09/09/2014

2 Audio MP3 CD

829 minutes

9781633791596

Playaway

09/09/2014

829 minutes

9781633791602

Description:

Yemen in 1920: after passage of the Orphan's Decree, any unbetrothed Jewish child left orphaned will be instantly adopted by the local Muslim community. With her parents' health failing, and no spousal prospects in sight, Adela Damari's situation looks dire until her uncle arrives from a faraway city, bringing with him a cousin and aunt who introduce Adela to the powerful rituals of henna tattooing. Suddenly, Adela's eyes are opened to the world, and she begins to understand what it means to love another and one's heritage. She is imperiled, however, when her parents die and a prolonged drought threatens their long-established way of life. She and her extended family flee to the city of Aden where Adela encounters old loves, discovers her true calling, and is ultimately betrayed by the people and customs she once held dear.

Quotes:

A captivatingand evocative novel, at once intensely intimate and sweeping in scope. Nomi Eve is a wonderful writer - compassionate, intelligent, assured - and her deeply felt, richly imagined book will stay with me for a long time., Molly Antopol, , Author of The UnAmericans

This was a book I had to read twice: the first time to rush through quickly to find out what will ultimately happen to the characters, and the second time to slowly savor the descriptions of these marvelous, exotic people and locales. Nomi Eve captivated me., Maggie Anton, , Author of Rashi's Daughters and Rav Hisda's Daughter

... the novel is a welcome glimpse into this historical moment and little-known culture., Booklist

Nomi Eve's novel is a heady mix of henna, history, and the power of words written on skin, sand, and paper. An engrossing, surprising, compelling read., Indira Ganesan, , Author of As Sweet as Honey

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