The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
‘A must-read for those who are stumbling through the Israeli–Palestinian minefield for the first time and others who know its sorrows all too well’
Washington Report on the Middle East
‘A rags-to-riches tale with love, suffering, death and justice thrown into the mix’
Selma Dabbagh, author of Out of It
Gifted with a brilliant mind that has made a deep impression on the elders of his Palestinian village, Ahmed Hamid is nevertheless tormented by his inability to save his friends and family. Living under occupation, the inhabitants of the village harbour a constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, belongings – and each other.
On Ahmed’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes a reality.
With his father now imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ahmed embarks on a journey to liberate his loved ones from their hardship, using his prodigious intellect. In so doing, he begins to reclaim a love for others that had been lost over the course of a childhood rife with violence, and discovers new hope for the future.
Michelle Cohen Corasanti obtained her BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her MA from Harvard University, both in
the field of Middle East Studies. She has lived in France, Spain, Egypt and Britain, and spent seven years living in Israel. She currently resides in New York with her family. The Almond Tree is her first novel.