Hala Alyan Archive

Band of Mothers

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A few days before my son was born, my parents and sister came to Princeton, where my husband and I lived at the time, to witness the birth. They had found a sublet a few blocks away from our apartment, but my mother wanted to spend the first few

Scattered to the Wind: Three Novels on Migration from the Middle East and North Africa

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Three debut novels shed light on migration from the Middle East and North Africa, taking up themes of displacement, longing for home, and the split narratives of a life “before” and “after.”

The Art of Inhabiting: Hala Alyan and Characterization

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The places and spaces of Salt Houses play a complex role in the craft of characterization.