By Salma Abdelnour
As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil battle within the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her kin fled Lebanon to begin a brand new lifestyles within the States. Ever when you consider that then— while she outfitted a thriving occupation as a meals and go back and forth author in manhattan City—Salma has had a droop that Beirut was once nonetheless her home. She saved dreaming of relocating back—and eventually made up our minds to do it.
But may well she resume her existence in Beirut, such a lot of years after her relatives moved away? may perhaps she, or an individual for that subject, ever rather pass 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 complicated, mythical, ever-vibrant, ever- bothered towns. What’s extra, in a yr of roiling adjustments round the heart East and the increase of the Arab Spring, Salma came upon herself in the middle of the turmoil, experiencing all of it up shut.
As she involves grips with all of the adjustments in her life—a love left at the back of in ny and new relationships blossoming in Beirut—Salma takes convenience in a few of Lebanon’s enduring traditions, relatively its remarkable foodstuff tradition. in the course of the attractions, sounds, and flavors of a urban filled with good looks, tragedy, melancholy, and desire, Salma slowly starts to reconnect with where she’s longed for her complete existence.