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When Myriam flees Lebanon for Australia, what she takes with her is indelibly marked by what she leaves behind.The canon of contemporary Arabic fiction contains no shortage of works exploring exile, alienation and a search for belonging, but Humaydan brings something new to the fold.Her first-person narrator Myriam explains that her memories are not chronological. After four years in Australia and 11 in Kenya, at the outset of the novel, 40-year-old Myriam finally does leave, to return to Lebanon and conduct the necessary steps to reclaim her family home from the Ministry of the Displaced.Humaydan delves back into the protagonist's past, and that of her Druze family. She also takes readers forwards in time to follow Myriam's experiences as she returns to Lebanon after an absence of 15 years, to find that the country she knew has gone. Myriam soon embarks on a love affair with a Lebanese-American named Nour, who has returned to Lebanon after almost 30 years in search of his "roots".
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