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September 2018 Fiction: Literary

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The Water Thief
By (author): Claire Hajaj
9781786073945 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 21, 2018
$40.50 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.86 x 1.24 in 320 pages Oneworld Publications

How much would you risk to right a wrong? From the award-winning author of Ishmael’s Oranges comes a searing novel with a profound moral conflict at its heart.

When a heart attack kills his father, young architect Nick abandons his comfortable London life to volunteer abroad for a year – a last chance to prove himself, and atone for old sins.

But in a remote village on the edge of the Sahara, dangerous currents soon engulf him: a simmering family conflict, hidden violence and fanaticism, his host’s lonely wife hiding secrets of her own. Their attraction threatens both their worlds, blurring the line between right and wrong. And when a deadly drought descends it brings an irrevocable choice. With all their hopes at stake, should he take matters into his own hands? Or let fate run its course? His decision has life-changing consequences for them all.Â

Claire Hajaj has spent the past fifteen years working in international aid and conflict resolution for the United Nations, across war zones from Burma to Baghdad. She shares Palestinian and Jewish heritage, growing up between the deserts of the Middle East and the gardens of rural England. Claire’s writing has also appeared in Newsweek, The Sunday Times, New Statesman, The Telegraph, London Literary Review, as well as political institutions dedicated to peace. She has an MA in Classical and English Literature from Oxford University, and is a fellow of the UN Centre for Policy Research. She currently lives in Tajikistan.

"Claire Hajaj [tells her story] with intensity and a deep sensitivity towards people, and all their strengths and shortcomings."

"'A profound Africa adventure"

"Improves the world: The Water Thief by Claire Hajaj..."

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