Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Salma Abdelnour

As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil warfare within the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her kinfolk fled Lebanon to begin a brand new lifestyles within the States. Ever because then— while she equipped a thriving occupation as a nutrients and trip author in long island City—Salma has had a slump that Beirut used to be nonetheless her home.  She stored dreaming of relocating back—and ultimately determined to do it.

But may she resume her existence in Beirut, such a lot of years after her relatives moved away? may she, or somebody for that subject, ever rather cross domestic back?

Jasmine and Fire is Salma’s poignant and funny trip of try-ing to resettle in Beirut and fumbling during the new realities of existence in a single of the world’s most intricate, mythical, ever-vibrant, ever- towns. What’s extra, in a 12 months of roiling alterations round the center East and the increase of the Arab Spring, Salma stumbled on herself in the middle of the turmoil, experiencing all of it up shut.

As she involves grips with the entire alterations in her life—a love left in the back of in big apple and new relationships blossoming in Beirut—Salma takes convenience in a few of Lebanon’s enduring traditions, quite its outstanding meals tradition. during the points of interest, sounds, and flavors of a urban filled with good looks, tragedy, depression, and wish, Salma slowly starts to reconnect with where she’s longed for her whole existence.

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