Jasmine and Fire by Salma Abdelnour (Giveaway)

This book is an account of American/Lebanese writer Salma Abdelnour‘s stay in Beirut  after a life spent in the US. This is a book that hundreds of thousands of Lebanese expats throughout the world could easily relate to.

Salma Abdelnour is a gifted writer; she manages to write a 300 page book in which very little happens, yet you find yourself engrossed in the book. I read it in two days.

The main theme of the book is one of identity and how one who is straddled between two cultures resolve this issue. Salma’s writing style is so fluid that her search is enjoyable (while the outcome remains nebulous). A much more casual read than Amin Maalouf Identités Meurtrières, the French-Lebanese writer who was recently crowned académicien (belonging to the French Académie, a lifelong honor) and tackles the same issue in his book.

 I will enter a draw at the end of July (Salma has a couple of book signings in Beirut this coming month) and you may be the lucky winner.

Just leave a comment here if you’d like to be part of the draw.


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  1. Huda
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Would love to read this book! I’m second generation, but beirut is still a special type of home.

  2. Julia
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist for a while, and LOVED Amin Maalouf’s “On Identity.” I would love to win this!

  3. Katherine
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Id love to be entered for the draw! I would love to read this book! Thanks so much for the consideration :)

  4. Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Hey there, You have done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

  5. talush
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    pourquoi pas ? i am entering all your contests :))) i wish u the best in ur move !

  6. Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

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  7. Joumana
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    @jounaliste alexia: Thanks so much for your praise! that’s what keeps me going!

  8. Souzi
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I love your blog Joumana!

  9. Posted July 12, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    I’d love to read this book, please put me in for the draw. Fingers crossed!

  10. Joumana
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    @Karen: sorry the giveaway had a deadline several months ago and I have already sent the book to the winner.

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