By Alexandra Chreiteh,Michelle Hartman

Alexandra Chreiteh's Ali and his Russian mom is without delay a regular and amazing tale of 2 teenagers in Lebanon. on the outbreak of the July battle in 2006, the novel's unnamed younger protagonist reconnects together with her early life buddy and develops a bit overwhelm on him, as they flee the bombs unleashed upon their state via Israel. Displaced, in addition to one million others around the nation, 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 associates reunite, chat, and bond in the course of a harrowing bus caravan around the Syrian border to Lattakia, en path to Moscow, Chreiteh's special, comedian experience of the absurd speaks to contradictions confronted by means of a tender iteration in Lebanon now, sounding out taboos surrounding gender, sexual, non secular, and nationwide identities. sporting Russian passports like their mothers—both of whom married Lebanese males and settled there—they are compelled to mirror upon their offerings, and absence of them, in a rustic that's all over again being torn aside by means of violent conflict.

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