By Salma Abdelnour
As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil warfare within the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her relations fled Lebanon to begin a brand new existence within the States. Ever on account that then— at the same time she equipped a thriving profession as a nutrition and commute author in big apple City—Salma has had a slump that Beirut was once nonetheless her home. She stored dreaming of relocating back—and eventually determined to do it.
But might she resume her existence in Beirut, such a lot of years after her relatives moved away? may possibly she, or somebody for that subject, ever fairly 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- towns. What’s extra, in a 12 months of roiling adjustments round the heart East and the increase of the Arab Spring, Salma came across herself in the middle of the turmoil, experiencing all of it up shut.
As she involves grips with the entire alterations in her life—a love left in the back of in manhattan and new relationships blossoming in Beirut—Salma takes convenience in a few of Lebanon’s enduring traditions, relatively its impressive nutrition tradition. in the course of the points of interest, sounds, and flavors of a urban filled with good looks, tragedy, depression, and wish, Salma slowly starts to reconnect with where she’s longed for her complete lifestyles.