We Are All Equally Far from Love by Adania Shibli

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A new award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of Touch

A young woman, asked at work to write a letter to an older man, does as she is told. So begins an enigmatic but passionate love affair conducted entirely in letters. A love affair? Maybe. Until his letters stop coming. Or… maybe the letters do not reach their intended recipient? Only the teenage Afaf, who works at the local post office, would know. Her favorite duty is to open the mail and inform her collaborator father of the contents—until she finds a mysterious set of love letters, apparently returned to their sender.

In the hands of Adania Shibli, the discovery of these letters makes for a wrenching meditation on lives lived ensnared within the dictates of others.

About Adania Shibli

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Paula Haydar is professor of Arabic at the University of Arkansas. She has translated several novels by contemporary Lebanese novelists, including Elias Khoury and Rachid al-Daif.
Published November 7, 2012 by Clockroot Books. 148 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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“We Are All Equally Far from Love is not a book to be picked up and put down. It is at times depressing as it reveals enduring sadness and hopelessness in the lives of others, particularly the lack of hope for so many women: ‘And so together, hand in hand, he and his prey would begin their endles...

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