Book Review: Touch

After reading Adania Shibli’s We Are All Equally Far From Love, I fell in love with her lyrical writing, and how she subtly addresses Palestinian statehood and its erasure by Israel. In Touch, she does it again. This time, it’s the story of a young Palestinian girl, told through vignettes of her daily routine: learning to read, falling in love, quarreling with her sisters.. but also on death and war, poverty and illness. The language is so beautiful, though the lack of a chronological plot may make it hard to follow and get into it. Overall, it packs a lot of beauty in less than 200 pages and makes for a very interesting read.

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