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 conflict within the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her kin fled Lebanon to begin a brand new lifestyles within the States. Ever due to the fact then— whilst she equipped a thriving occupation as a meals and shuttle author in long island City—Salma has had a slump that Beirut used to be nonetheless her home.  She saved dreaming of relocating back—and eventually determined to do it.

But may well she resume her lifestyles in Beirut, such a lot of years after her relations moved away? may possibly she, or someone for that subject, ever quite 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 lifestyles in a single of the world’s most intricate, mythical, ever-vibrant, ever- afflicted towns. What’s extra, in a yr of roiling adjustments round the heart East and the increase of the Arab Spring, Salma stumbled on herself in the course of the turmoil, experiencing all of it up shut.

As she involves grips with the entire adjustments in her life—a love left in the back of in long island and new relationships blossoming in Beirut—Salma takes convenience in a few of Lebanon’s enduring traditions, relatively its remarkable nutrients tradition. throughout the points of interest, sounds, and flavors of a urban packed with attractiveness, tragedy, depression, and desire, Salma slowly starts off to reconnect with where she’s longed for her complete existence.

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