Thursday, January 25

Münster, Germany

MOB Quarterly Book Club

A new year, a new read! We are kicking off 2024 with our first quarterly book club. For this installment, we will be reading the contemporary YA novel "As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow" by Zoulfa Katouh. [Find a description of the plot below!] With its focus on war, revolution, loss, and freedom, this book takes on a deeper meaning in our current political climate. This is a fantastic book, and you won't want to miss out!
The location is TBD and will be announced prior to the event!
Plot summary (via Goodreads)
Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She had a normal teenager’s life.
Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe.
But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all.
Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are—not a war, but a revolution—and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria’s freedom.


Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 07:00 PM Berlin Time


Münster 48143
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Kathryn Bathgate

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