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To Keep the Sun Alive

by Rabeah Ghaffari

The year is 1979. The Islamic Revolution is just around the corner, as is a massive solar eclipse. In this epic novel set in the small Iranian city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, grow apples,...


Unholy Land

by Lavie Tidhar

The author of the critically acclaimed, Campbell Award-winning Central Station returns with a subversive new novel evoking The Yiddish Policemen's Union and The City and the City.

When pulp-fiction writer Lior...


I Die by This Country

by Fawzia Zouari, Skyler Artes & Susan Ireland

The first novel available to English readers by Fawzia Zouari, one of the most important North African authors writing today, begins with an emergency crew’s arrival at a Parisian apartment. Two emaciated...


The Angel of History: A Novel

Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction 2017, Arab American Book Award for Fiction 2017

by Rabih Alameddine

“There are many ways to break someone’s heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life.”—Yiyun Li

Following the critical and commercial...


The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel

by Leila Aboulela

“A versatile prose stylist... [Aboulela’s] lyrical style and incisive portrayal of Muslims living in the West received praise from the Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee... [she is] a voice for multiculturalism.”—...


Alexandrian Summer

by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, Yardenne Greenspan & André Aciman

Love, lust, and the convulsions of history surge through this dazzling novel about the vanished cosmopolitan world of Alexandria.


Lies, First Person

by Gail Hareven & Dalya Bilu

From the Best Translated Book Award–winning author, a novel of revenge, insanity, lies, and Hitler.


In Praise of Hatred

by Khaled Khalifa & Leri Price

In 1980s Syria, a young Muslim girl lives a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents. Her three aunts-the pious Maryam, the liberal Safaa, and the free-spirited Marwa-raise...


Lily la Tigresse

by Alona Kimhi & Dalya Bilu

The hilarious second novel from actress and bestselling novelist Alona Kimhi holds up a comically warped mirror to contemporary Israel, as well as the very notion of “chick lit.”  The hilarious second...


Kin

by Dror Burstein & Dalya Bilu

Emil, the unwanted child of two young parents, is adopted by Yoel and Leah, a childless couple. Yet, as the years pass, it becomes clear that Emil doesn't bear much resemblance to the parents who've loved and...


We Are All Equally Far from Love

by Adania Shibli & Paul Starkey

A new award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of Touch

A young woman, asked at work to write a letter to an older man, does as she is told. So begins an enigmatic but passionate love affair conducted entirely...


The Blind Owl

by Sadegh Hedayat, D.P. Costello & Porochista Khakpour

Recognized as the outstanding Iranian writer of the twentieth century, Sadegh Hedayat is credited with having brought his country's language and literature into the mainstream of contemporary writing. The Blind...


The Journey of Little Gandhi

by Elias Khoury & Paula Haydar

"Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, and Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk. The beautiful, resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury."--Laila Lalami, Los Angeles Times

From the author of Gate of the Sun and...


The Yacoubian Building

by Alaa Al Aswany

August Book Sense Pick

A fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed ‘scientist of women.’ A purring, voluptuous siren. A young shop-girl enduring the clammy touch of her boss and hating herself for accepting the...


Little Mountain

by Elias Khoury, Maia Tabet & Edward W. Said

Written in the opening phases of the Lebanese Civil War (1975--1990), Little Mountain is told from the perspectives of three characters: a Joint Forces fighter; a distressed civil servant; and an amorphous figure,...


See Under: LOVE

by David Grossman & Betsy Rosenberg

In this powerful novel by one of Israel's most prominent writers, Momik, the only child of Holocaust survivors, grows up in the shadow of his parents' history. Determined to exorcise the Nazi "beast" from their...