By Salma Abdelnour
As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil conflict within the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her kin fled Lebanon to begin a brand new existence within the States. Ever seeing that then— at the same time she outfitted a thriving occupation as a meals and shuttle author in big apple City—Salma has had a droop that Beirut used to be nonetheless her home. She stored dreaming of relocating back—and ultimately determined to do it.
But may possibly she resume her existence in Beirut, such a lot of years after her kinfolk moved away? might she, or someone for that subject, ever particularly move domestic back?
Jasmine and Fire is Salma’s poignant and funny trip of try-ing to resettle in Beirut and fumbling during the new realities of lifestyles in a single of the world’s most intricate, mythical, ever-vibrant, ever- towns. What’s extra, in a 12 months of roiling adjustments round the center East and the increase of the Arab Spring, Salma chanced on herself in the middle of the turmoil, experiencing all of it up shut.
As she involves grips with the entire alterations in her life—a love left at the back of in manhattan and new relationships blossoming in Beirut—Salma takes convenience in a few of Lebanon’s enduring traditions, fairly its impressive nutrition tradition. during the points of interest, sounds, and flavors of a urban jam-packed with attractiveness, tragedy, melancholy, and wish, Salma slowly starts off to reconnect with where she’s longed for her whole lifestyles.