Fadia Faqir is a writer of immense strength and ambition. In her fourth novel she casts her imagination far and wide, through time and across continents, to help us understand global tensions and explore the horrors and the glimpses of solace of our troubled times. She explores the ways the worldís tragedies shape one another, how people try to avoid being crushed by conflict, whether public or personal, find beauty among the ruins and assert their humanity.
She is the author of four novels: Nisanit, Pillars of Salt, My Name is Salma and Willow Trees Donít Weep. Born in Amman, Jordan, she moved to Britain in 1984. Her work has been published in nineteen countries and translated into fifteen languages. In 1989, the University of East Anglia awarded her the first Ph.D. in Critical and Creative Writing. She currently holds a writing fellowship at St Aidanís College, Durham University, where she teaches creative writing. She often writes on issues of gender, identity, and culture. She divides her time between Durham, London and Amman.