The Almond Tree
by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
The Almond Tree is the story about how one Palestinian boy uses his scientific genius to achieve equality in Israel and international acclaim.
Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.
On Ichmad’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality. With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ichmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence, and discovers a new hope for the future.
The Almond Tree (Garnet Publishing, 2012) is available in digital and trade paperback editions and has been receiving praise from readers, authors and editors throughout the world.
Writing for The Huffington Post, Guillermo Fesser praised The Almond Tree as “A story that grabs you from the first page and makes your heart go out to the Palestinians without pointing fingers at anyone.”
Kirkus Reviews writes “Corasanti’s accomplished debut novel offers a humanistic look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…Sensitive, moving and competently written, a complex novel as necessary as ever.”
About the author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti has a BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MA from Harvard University, both in Middle Eastern Studies. She also holds a law degree. A Jewish American, she has lived in France, Spain, Egypt, and England, and spent seven years living in Israel. She currently lives in New York with her family. The Almond Tree is her first novel.
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