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Salama Kassab was just a normal teenager living a normal life. But as revolution ignites Syria, burning stronger and brighter with each day, Salama recognizes the urgent need to seek safety outside of the country. Just a first year Pharmacy student, she is asked to perform procedures way beyond her education at the local hospital, where she witnesses firsthand the brutality of war. As she mourns family members lost in the violence, and struggles to protect her pregnant sister-in-law, her anxiety morphs into a physical manifestation in the form of an imaginary friend, Khawf, who provides comfort as her constant companion. But even as she is desperate to flee to safety, she is conflicted by her loyalty to her country. This gripping work of speculative fiction mixes current events with elements of fantasy, providing a heartbreaking glimpse into a country at war. Author Zoulfa Katouh draws from her own experiences as a Syrian to create a well-rounded and relatable protagonist and supporting characters.
Zoulfa Katouh is a Syrian Canadian based in Switzerland. She is currently pursuing her master's in Drug Sciences. As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow is her debut novel.
Sabaa Tahir began writing her #1 New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes series while working nights as a newspaper editor. The series has been translated into over thirty-five languages, and the first book in the series was named one of TIME's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time and one of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best YA Books of the decade. Tahir's most recent novel, All My Rage, released in March 2022 to widespread critical acclaim. An instant New York Times bestseller, All My Rage has received eight starred reviews and the 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry.