Henna House (Compact Disc)

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    Adela lives in Yemen in the 1920s.   Under constant threat of her mother's abuse and her father's imminent death, she tries to make no ripples in her family. She must marry before her father dies, or she will be taken from her home and given to the local Muslim community for adoption.  Unfortunately, a string of deaths and bad luck follow Adela, making her undesirable for marriage to the families in her village.  Adela believes her life and luck have taken a sweeter turn when her uncle and cousin visit. Her mother quickly convinces her uncle to engage her to her cousin, and although they are young, the two cousins do fall in love.  Fatefully, her luck turns sour once again, and her cousin leaves just as she has to face her sickly father's death.  The family flees to the city of Aden, just as Adela's eyes are opened to the world of henna by the women of her extended family.  She finally feels connected to her past through these henna rituals and traditions, but soon her her past and present combine, threatening the loyalty and trust of those she loves.  Historical fiction for lovers of epic reads like The Red Tent and/or The Poinsonwood Bible.

— Wren


Yemen in 1920: after passage of the Orphan's Decree, any unbetrothed Jewish child left orphaned will be instantly adopted by the local Muslim community. With her parents health failing, and no spousal prospects in sight, Adela Damari's situation looks dire until her uncle arrives from a faraway city, bringing with him a cousin and aunt who introduce Adela to the powerful rituals of henna tattooing. Suddenly, Adela's eyes are opened to the world, and she begins to understand what it means to love another and one's heritage. She is imperiled, however, when her parents die and a prolonged drought threatens their long-established way of life. She and her extended family flee to the city of Aden where Adela encounters old loves, discovers her true calling, and is ultimately betrayed by the people and customs she once held dear.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781633791558
ISBN-10: 1633791556
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Language: English
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