The Lilac Girl (Paperback)

The Lilac Girl By Ibtisam Barakat, Sinan Hallaq (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ibtisam Barakat, Sinan Hallaq (Illustrator)


The Lilac Girl is a beautifully illustrated story relating the departure of Palestinian artist and educator, Tamam Al-Akhal, from her homeland, Jaffa. It portrays Tamam as a young girl who dreams about returning to her home, which she has been away from for 70 years, since the Palestinian exodus. Tamam discovers that she is talented in drawing, so she uses her imagination to draw her house in her mind. She decides one night to visit it, only to find another girl there, who won't allow her inside and shuts the door in her face. Engulfed in sadness, Tamam sits outside and starts drawing her house on a piece of paper. As she does so, she notices that the colors of her house have escaped and followed her; the girl attempts to return the colors but in vain. Soon the house becomes pale and dull, like the nondescript hues of bare trees in the winter. Upon Tamam's departure, she leaves the entire place drenched in the color of lilac.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781772312362
ISBN-10: 1772312363
Publisher: Bookland Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2024
Pages: 44
Language: English