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The Fig Orchard
by Layla Fiske

Published: 2013-07-02
Paperback : 450 pages
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The unforgettable story of a woman splintered by war and cultural mores, desperately struggling to hold her family together, THE FIG ORCHARD is a rich, compelling epic of love, heroism, family and empowerment. In an isolated, tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, balancing ...
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The unforgettable story of a woman splintered by war and cultural mores, desperately struggling to hold her family together, THE FIG ORCHARD is a rich, compelling epic of love, heroism, family and empowerment. In an isolated, tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, balancing delicately amidst age-old superstitions and religious orthodoxy, Nisrina Huniah, a fifteen-year-old girl, is torn between innocent imaginings and looming apprehensions as she marries a man she has never met, only to fall in love on the night they are wed. Her joy takes a heart-wrenching turn when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey where she develops friendships that ultimately alter her perception of herself and the world around her. Beautifully written, this sweeping epic of love and friendship, longing, and the hope of redemption is woven into a colorful tapestry that comes alive against the vibrant backdrop of life in early twentieth-century Middle East. With its haunting and deeply affecting ending, THE FIG ORCHARD will remain in the hearts and minds of its readers long after the last page is turned.

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Wonderful story about culture, changing times, love and family
by kimloves2read (see profile) 05/08/16
Nisrina is a young woman who lives in an isolated village that is bound by tradition and the old ways. She is tied to an uncaring and unforgiving father who can't wait to make her somebody else's problem. She is given in marriage to a man that has loved her from a far for a long time. He takes care of her and is good to her. He is mysteriously taken from her and her children one day and her life changes dramatically as she has now become a burden to her family. She is given an opportunity to make a new life for herself and her family and the result is that her children are given choices she never had to make lives for them selves based not on tradition or a woman's role.
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by mgcashion (see profile) 10/08/14
She is willing to do cyber chats with the club. She happens to live in our area and came to book club. She is delightful! We gained great insight on the book, its background and personally connected even more with the characters and events of this moving story.

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by lwabrek (see profile) 05/22/16

 
  "You must read this book! Didn't want it to end...."by kimloves2read (see profile) 05/08/16

This is a well written book that really lets you peek into the lives of Nisrina and her family. While it is a work of fiction, you still come away with a better understanding of the role family placed... (read more)

 
  "The Fig Orchard"by mgcashion (see profile) 10/08/14

Engaging from the first page! A heart wrenching yet beautiful story of women, survival, love and war. Also a great book for discussion.

 
  "The Fig Orchard"by Kathyreads (see profile) 10/08/14

A very enjoyable read, with terrrific character development, and vivid description lending to use of many of the readers senses, which was interesting, indeed! I was sorry when I finished the book!

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