In her village of Hima in the Levant, Salma, a young goat-herd, has violated the code of her Bedouin tribe by becoming pregnant before marriage. To restore their honour, the villagers set out to kill her. Now a runaway from the men of her tribe, Salma s days playing the pipe for her goats and swimming in the spring are over. She is placed in prison for her own protection, and to the sound of her deafening screams, her newborn baby is taken away. After several years, when it seems the men have given up on their chase, she moves to England to seek asylum. So begins her new life in the permissive West. In the middle of the most English of English towns, Exeter, she learns good manners from her ancient landlady, and strives to have a social life at the local pub. But it is with the help of Parvin, a feisty Pakistani girl on the run from an arranged marriage, that Salma is finally able to forge a new identity. Living by her Immigrant Survival Guide , she settles down with an Englishman. But deep in her heart the cries of her baby daughter still echo. When she can no longer bear them, she decides to go back to her village to find her. It is a journey that will change everything.
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Fadia Faqir is a Jordanian/British writer and defender of human rights, especially women's rights in the Arab world. She is the author of two other novels, Nisanit and Pillars of Salt. In 1990 the University of East Anglia awarded her the first Ph.D in Critical and Creative Writing. Brought up in Amman she now lives with her husband in Durham. For more information please visit www.fadiafaqir.comReview:
"Fadia Faqir's captivating new novel deals with the timeless themes of unforgiveness, friendship and travel. Exquisitely woven, laced with humour and social awareness, it hums with the futility of erasing the past." Leila Aboulelah, author of THE MINARET "This is a beautiful book, written in vivid, tender prose, about creating a new world when you have lost everything that matters. Salma is an unforgettable character, fierce and loving, veering between self-hatred and a sense of her own strength, touching and funny by terms. Now I have finished the book, I miss her" "Vividly expresses the horror of lives oppressed by archaic patriarchal honour codes" Financial Times "Exquisite ... As Salma's life moves toward its inevitable climax, readers will be transfixed" US Library Journal "Tender and perceptive" Good Housekeeping
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Book Description Doubleday, London, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: As new. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition. Doubleday, London, 2007. First edition. Book condition: As new and unread. Dust jacket condition: fine. Unclipped and with only the very slightest shelf wear. A young Muslim asylum-seeker in England runs from a brother who wants to kill her to save the family's honour. Slipping between the olive groves of the Levant and the rain-slicked pavements of Exeter, My Name is Salma is a searing portrayal of a woman's courage in the face of seemingky insurmountable odds. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 1302919