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A Word for Love - A Novel

Emily Robbins

"A paean to unabashed, unbridled love." --Khaled Hosseini, New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner A mesmerizing debut set in Syria on the cusp of the unrest, A Word for Love is the spare and exquisitely told story of a young American woman transformed by language, risk, war, and a startling new understanding of love. It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family's complicated lives--as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance--between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds--that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her. Ultimately, in a striking twist, Bea's own story begins to mirror that of "The Astonishing Text" that drew her there in the first place--not in the role of one of the lovers, as she might once have imagined, but as the character who lives to tell the story long after the lovers have gone. With melodic meditation on culture, language, and familial devotion. Robbins delivers a powerful novel that questions what it means to love from afar, to be an outsider within a love story, and to take someone else's passion and cradle it until it becomes your own.

"A paean to unabashed, unbridled love." --Khaled Hosseini, New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner A mesmerizing debut set in Syria on the cusp of the unrest, A Word for Love is the spare and exquisitely told story of a young American woman transformed by language, risk, war, and a startling new understanding of love. It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family's complicated lives--as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance--between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds--that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her. Ultimately, in a striking twist, Bea's own story begins to mirror that of "The Astonishing Text" that drew her there in the first place--not in the role of one of the lovers, as she might once have imagined, but as the character who lives to tell the story long after the lovers have gone. With melodic meditation on culture, language, and familial devotion. Robbins delivers a powerful novel that questions what it means to love from afar, to be an outsider within a love story, and to take someone else's passion and cradle it until it becomes your own.
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"A paean to unabashed, unbridled love." --Khaled Hosseini, New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner A mesmerizing debut set in Syria on the cusp of the unrest, A Word for Love is the spare and exquisitely told story of a young American woman transformed by language, risk, war, and a startling new understanding of love. It is said there are ninety-nine Arabic words for love. Bea, an American exchange student, has learned them all: in search of deep feeling, she travels to a Middle Eastern country known to hold the "The Astonishing Text," an ancient, original manuscript of a famous Arabic love story that is said to move its best readers to tears. But once in this foreign country, Bea finds that instead of intensely reading Arabic she is entwined in her host family's complicated lives--as they lock the doors, and whisper anxiously about impending revolution. And suddenly, instead of the ancient love story she sought, it is her daily witness of a contemporary Romeo and Juliet-like romance--between a housemaid and policeman of different cultural and political backgrounds--that astonishes her, changes her, and makes her weep. But as the country drifts toward explosive unrest, Bea wonders how many secrets she can keep, and how long she can fight for a romance that does not belong to her. Ultimately, in a striking twist, Bea's own story begins to mirror that of "The Astonishing Text" that drew her there in the first place--not in the role of one of the lovers, as she might once have imagined, but as the character who lives to tell the story long after the lovers have gone. With melodic meditation on culture, language, and familial devotion. Robbins delivers a powerful novel that questions what it means to love from afar, to be an outsider within a love story, and to take someone else's passion and cradle it until it becomes your own.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julia Whelan

Length:

7h 11m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:55


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:11


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:30