Bliss Street by Kristin Kenway

“One Beirut night at the beginning of the new millennium, when the city is hit by yet another power-cut and the sonic booms of Israeli jets echo around the hillsides, Maya Hayek storms out of her house after a heated argument with her mother. Meanwhile a plane from England is forced to make an emergency landing on its way to Dubai and James, recently-fired pop video director and reluctant mobile phone salesman, finds himself stranded in a city that will turn his life upside down. A rich Beiruti socialite with a hidden past, a Palestinian refugee in search of her long-lost relatives and the eagle-eyed, gossiping Mrs Jihad collide with the lives of James and Maya. Alongside pop videos, politics, arranged marriages, diamond smuggling, and the huge upheavals of the Israeli military withdrawal they form the backdrop to the passionate love affair that develops between two unlikely individuals.”

I read Bliss Street several years ago but I still remember how much a good read it was and how much it was a lively description of Beirut and Beirutis. I remember being really touched by the Palestinian woman story. This is definitely a must-read for a Lebanese, anyone living Lebanon and anyone who knows a Lebanese.

“I left Beirut in 1983 for good. Reading Bliss Street made me want to go back.” – Ziad Doueiri (Writer/Director of West Beirut)


One comment

  1. mirozon

    I loved this book. It was refreshing to read about my city for once and see it from someone else’s point of view. Recommended read.

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