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No Place Strange by Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

No Place Strange by Diana Fitzgerald BrydenNo Place Strange by Diana Fitzgerald Bryden. A story of passion and obsession, love and hate, and of families caught in the crossfire.

“You’d have to be crazy to try to make satisfying fiction out of a complex political situation [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] that pisses off everybody on all sides. So give credit to Diana Fitzgerald Bryden for pulling it off.” Susan Cole, Now Magazine

“I read this book last year and have been recommending it ever since…. The reviews, to my mind, seem stymied by the novel’s mixture of love story and politically sensitive historical context. Though the author is praised for her handling of this “incendiary” material, she is not lauded enough methinks. Michael Bryson,” Underground Book Club

No Place Strange is the story of two families, one Lebanese, one Canadian, connected first in the 1970s by the actions of a charismatic female terrorist and, years later, by what Quill and Quire calls “a good old-fashioned love story” and the Globe and Mail “a volatile love story entwined with a subtle meditation on the roots of terror.”

Lydia Devlin is a young Jewish-Canadian woman running from the truth about her father’s involvement with Rafa, who may be implicated in his murder. While in Greece, Lydia meets Farid, a young Lebanese man who has fled war-ravaged Beirut. The rest of his family is still there, trying to survive the craziness of the civil war. Farid’s mother Mariam was Rafa’s professor and friend, though critical of her protégé’s politics. His cousin Mouna is an activist and refugee worker dangerously obsessed with Rafa.

While Mouna works in one of the camps, her younger sister Nasima is collapsing under the strain of almost constant terror. Far from the conflict, Lydia and Farid fall in love, but any possibility for real happiness is jeopardized by Arab-Israeli hostilities, the capriciousness of fate, and a past that neither of them can quite escape.

Bryden weaves these stories together with a poet’s precision of language and a candid view of human nature, exploring the tension between two violently opposing worlds–between truth and belief–while spinning an achingly believable love story.

Nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, one of the Globe’s top first fiction picks for 2009, No Place Strange is entertaining, suspenseful and thought provoking.

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