The Blue Between Sky and Water
In the small Palestinian farming village of Beit Daras, the women of the Baraka family inspire awe. Nazmiyeh is brazen and fiercely protective of her clairvoyant little sister, Mariam, with her mismatched eyes, and of their mother, Um Mamdouh, known for the fearsome djinni that sometimes possesses her. When the family is forced by the newly formed State of Israel to leave their ancestral home, only Nazmiyeh and her brother survive the long road to Gaza. Amidst the violence and fragility of the refugee camp, Nazmiyeh builds a family, navigates crises, and nurtures what remains of Bait Daras's community. But her brother continues his exile's journey to America, where, upon his death, his granddaughter Nur gorws up alone, in a different kind of exile, the longing for family and roots eventually beckoning her to Gaza.