The Twenty-Ninth Year-9781328511942

The Twenty-Ninth Year

by Hala Alyan

Wild, lyrical poems that examine the connections between physical and interior migration, from award-winning Palestinian American poet, novelist, and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan, author of Salt Houses.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9781328511942
  • ISBN-10: 1328511944
  • Pages: 80
  • Publication Date: 01/29/2019
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book

In Islamic and Western tradition, age twenty-nine is a milestone, a year of transformation and upheaval. 


For Hala Alyan, this is a year in which the past—memories of family members, old friends and past lovers, the heat of another land, another language, a different faith—winds itself around the present. Hala’s ever-shifting, subversive verse sifts together and through different forms of forced displacement and the tolls they take on mind and body. Poems leap from war-torn cities in the Middle East, to an Oklahoma Olive Garden, a Brooklyn brownstone; from alcoholism to recovery; from a single woman to a wife. This collection summons breathtaking chaos, one that seeps into the bones of these odes, the shape of these elegies.   


A vivid catalog of trauma, heartache, loneliness, and joy, The Twenty-Ninth Year is an education in looking for home and self in the space between disparate identities.  


About the author
Hala Alyan

HALA ALYAN is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and Colorado Review. She lives in New York.