By Alexandra Chreiteh,Michelle Hartman

Alexandra Chreiteh's Ali and his Russian mom is immediately a normal and outstanding tale of 2 children in Lebanon. on the outbreak of the July struggle in 2006, the novel's unnamed younger protagonist reconnects along with her youth buddy and develops a bit overwhelm on him, as they flee the bombs unleashed upon their nation via Israel. Displaced, in addition to one million others around the state, she and her Russian mom have joined an evacuation for Russian electorate, while she back meets up with Ali, her former schoolmate from the South, who additionally has a Russian (Ukrainian) mother.

As the 2 buddies reunite, chat, and bond in the course of a harrowing bus caravan around the Syrian border to Lattakia, en path to Moscow, Chreiteh's targeted, comedian feel of the absurd speaks to contradictions confronted via a tender new release in Lebanon now, sounding out taboos surrounding gender, sexual, spiritual, and nationwide identities. wearing Russian passports like their mothers—both of whom married Lebanese males and settled there—they are compelled to mirror upon their offerings, and shortage of them, in a rustic that's another time being torn aside via violent conflict.

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