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Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia’s brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can’t escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia’s children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities. Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand—one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again. ------------------------------ Mark your 2018 calendars for the last Saturday of each month (third Saturday of November & December) and join other Boozy Book Lovers for engaging conversation on fairly recent, often award-winning, literary fiction. Once a book is selected, the event title will be updated and the MeetUp will be "announced." We hope you can join us!

Alba Osteria

425 I St NW · Washington, DC

Respond by: 8/25/2018

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Hey literatis, creative/analytical types, makers, doers, thinkers and drinkers -- join our awesome book group! We're a posse new to DC and are looking to meet cool people interested in sharing great literature and non-fiction. Read a book with us. Come with an open mind. Be engaged. Abandon all pretenses. And have fun as we discuss books over spirits and cocktails.

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