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The Twenty-Ninth Year

Hala Alyan

Narrator Hala Alyan

Publisher: HighBridge Audio

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Summary

"This is the stuff of life, the very essence of the poetic." —LitHubFor Hala Alyan, twenty-nine is a year of transformation and upheaval, a year in which the past—memories of family members, old friends and past lovers, the heat of another land, another language, a different faith—winds itself around the present. Hala's ever-shifting, subversive verse sifts together and through different forms of forced displacement and the tolls they take on mind and body. Poems leap from war-torn cities in the Middle East, to an Oklahoma Olive Garden, a Brooklyn brownstone; from alcoholism to recovery; from a single woman to a wife. This collection summons breathtaking chaos, one that seeps into the bones of these odes, the shape of these elegies.  A vivid catalog of heartache, loneliness, love, and joy, The Twenty-Ninth Year is an education in looking for home and self in the space between disparate identities.
Duration: about 1 hour (01:14:04)
Publishing date: 2020-01-21; Unabridged; Copyright Year: 2019. Copyright Statment: —