Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

We are open! For operations and delivery updates due to COVID-19. (click here)

Description - Chasing Shadows by Leila Yusaf Chung

In the evening, Abu Fadi peeled oranges and apples and recounted stories of Palestine, orange groves and the house with the large wooden door that awaited their return. He pulled a black metal key out of his pocket and said, 'See, children, this big key is to open our front door. I locked the house before I left. Everything is waiting for us in Palestine.

This is the story of Lavi, a middle-aged Polish Jew who, desperate to have children, flees his barren marriage and moves to British Palestine in 1945. He converts to Islam and is soon arranged to marry a beautiful young Palestinian girl, Keira. Months after the birth of their daughter, the Jewish state of Israel is created and Lavi and his young family are forced to settle amid the chaos of a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Eight years and three children later, Keira courts the attention of young men in the camp with her sultry beauty. Then one day she disappears, leaving her children with unreliable memories, the hope of her survival and the persistence of their fears.

Ajamia, Keira's middle daughter, takes up the story - growing up in a Catholic orphanage in Beirut, the early years of civil war, her misadventures in France and her life in the mountains. But the ghosts of the past are close, and Ajamia returns to Beirut to find out the truth about her mother's fate, her sister's demise and settle once and for all the sins of the past.

A debut novel of astounding force and compassion, Chasing Shadows is the story of Palestine's trials, the clash of cultures, the brutality of tradition and the inheritance of loss across generations.

Buy Chasing Shadows by Leila Yusaf Chung from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780857983305
ISBN-10: 085798330X
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-May-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - Chasing Shadows by Leila Yusaf Chung

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Chasing Shadows book by Leila Yusaf Chung and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Author Biography - Leila Yusaf Chung

Leila Yusaf Chung was born in Lebanon and grew up in Beirut around the time it was called the Paris of the Middle East . For the past fifteen years Leila has worked in NGO posts associated with women s health, migrants and refugees. She is a strong advocate for humanitarian rights. Leila lives in Sydney and is the mother of two boys.

A Preview for this title is currently not available.

Customers Also Bought

Boomerang Books customers who bought Chasing Shadows by Leila Yusaf Chung also bought the following titles:

Pandora Jones: Admission by Barry Jonsberg
Paperback / softback, April 2014
$15.29 $17.99
Dirty Secrets by Meredith Burgmann
Paperback / softback, April 2014
$28.04 $32.99