Absent: A Novel by Betool Khedairi,Muhayman Jamil

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By Betool Khedairi,Muhayman Jamil

Dalal is a tender lady residing in a crowded Baghdad condo with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. within the comparable construction, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, deals her clients remedies for his or her actual and romantic illnesses, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling variety of woman clients, and Ilham, a nurse, escapes the stark realities of her clinic activity in desires of her long-lost French mom. regardless of the dangerous results of bombings and overseas sanctions on their international, all of the citizens try and keep common lives.

Hoping to usher in much-needed money by way of promoting honey, Dalal’s uncle turns into a beekeeper, enlisting Dalal’s assist in the care of those temperamental creatures. in the meantime, Dalal falls in love for the 1st time–against a history of shock arrests, own betrayals, and a crumbling social cloth that turns associates into informants.

Tightly crafted and whole of vibrant, unforgettable characters, Absent is a haunting portrait of existence less than regulations, the delicate emotional ties between friends and family, and the resilience of the human spirit.

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