11 Words for Love

Randa Abdel-Fattah & Maxine Beneba Clarke

11 Words for Love
Hachette Australia
28 September 2022

11 Words for Love

Randa Abdel-Fattah & Maxine Beneba Clarke

There are eleven words for love, and my family knows them all.

A family flees their homeland to find safety in another country, carrying little more than a suitcase full of love.

As their journey unfolds, the oldest child narrates 11 meanings for love in Arabic as her family show, and are shown, all different kinds of love in their new home, and they also remember the love they have for their homeland and for those left behind or lost along the way.

In the Arabic language, there are over 50 words describing the degrees of love. That’s 50 stories, 50 life-worlds.

This lyrical and heartwarming book takes you on a journey through 11 of these Arabic expressions for love.

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