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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
Aug 27, 2019 | ISBN 9781984821218
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    Aug 27, 2019 | ISBN 9781984821218

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    Aug 27, 2019 | ISBN 9780593128169

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“Courageous and provocative, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautifully crafted novel of international significance with the capacity to have us open our eyes and see. . . .Read about this couple, relate to this couple, and understand the world they have fled.”—Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“This novel speaks to so much that is happening in the world today. It’s intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant, and also accessible. I’m recommending this book to everyone I care about.”—Benjamin Zephaniah, author of Refugee Boy

“This book dips below the deafening headlines and tells a true story with subtlety and power.”—Esther Freud, author of Mr. Mac and Me

“Through her vivid and loveable characters who will stay with me forever, Christy Lefteri questions what it is to be human and how to maintain our dignity. This compelling tale gripped me with its compassion, its sensual style, and its lively urge for resolution.”—Daljit Nagra, author of British Museum

“Nuri’s story rings with authenticity, from the vast, impersonal cruelties of war to the tiny kindnesses that help people survive it. . . . A well-crafted structure and a troubled but engaging narrator power this moving story of Syrian refugees.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A haunting and resonant story of Syrian war refugees undertaking a treacherous journey . . . Readers will find this deeply affecting for both its psychological intensity and emotional acuity.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Great for book club…Christy Lefteri, who volunteered at a refugee center in Athens, tells a powerful story about the refugee experience, hope, and love.” —Real Simple
“In fluid, forthright language, Lefteri brings us humbly closer to the refugee experience as beekeeper Nuri and his wife, an artist named Afra who has gone blind form the horrors she’s witnessed, escape Aleppo and travel dangerously to Great Britain.…There’s no overloading the deck with drama; this story tells itself, absorbingly and heartrendingly.” Library Journal

“[Christy] Lefteri sensitively charts what it’s like when war comes home, alert to the subtle effects of trauma and grief. Nuri and Afra are not broadly sketched as victims, but rather suffer in different and complex ways from PTSD.…By creating characters with such rich, complex inner lives, Lefteri shows that in order to stretch compassion to millions of people, it helps to begin with one.”Time 

“Beekeeper Nuri and his wife, Afra, are devastated by the Syrian civil war. After violence claims their child and Afra’s eyesight, the couple is forced to flee Aleppo and make the fraught journey to Britain—and an uncertain future.”USA Today (5 Books Not to Miss)

“In recounting the daily brutality as well as the glimmers of beauty, this novel humanizes the terrifying refugee stories we read about in the news. Lefteri explores questions of trust and portrays what trauma and loss can do to individuals and their relationships…. A beautiful rumination on seeing what is right in front of us—both the negative and the positive.”The Boston Globe (Pick of the Week)

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