The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri. Ballantine, $27 (336p) ISBN 978-1-984821-21-8
Lefteri (A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible) tells a haunting and resonant story of Syrian war refugees undertaking a treacherous journey to possible safety. In 2015, Nuri Ibrahim and his wife, Afra, who was blinded in an incident during the Syrian civil war, cling to their home while everyone else flees the bombings and violence. They are emotionally devastated by the loss and destruction of their neighborhood but decide to seek asylum in the U.K. after soldiers attempt to forcefully recruit Nuri. They travel through harsh conditions in Turkey and Greece, waiting in camps for the proper paperwork and meeting more refugees along the way. Nuri is determined to find his cousin Mustafa in the U.K., where the two men can return to their beloved work as beekeepers. Afra reckons with the reality that she will not be able to continue her life as an artist because of her blindness, and the couple recall painful memories as they are drawn into the agonizing experiences of other refugees. Lefteri perceptively and powerfully documents the horrors of the Syrian civil war and the suffering of innocent civilians. Readers will find this deeply affecting for both its psychological intensity and emotional acuity. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 05/24/2019
Release date: 08/27/2019
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 978-0-593-12816-9
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-593-12817-6
Library Binding - 431 pages - 978-1-4328-7229-8
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Audio book sample courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio
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