Where Jasmine Blooms: a novel by Holly S. Warah

December 30th, 2016

WHERE JASMINE BLOOMS: a novel by Holly S. Warah

At last! After many years of writing, revising, and querying, my novel Where Jasmine Blooms will reach its readers. My debut novel is scheduled to be published by Skyhorse Publishing in April, 2017.


To the Mansours, an Arab American family living in Seattle, love knows no borders. But despite our best efforts, sometimes love—and family—are foreign to us . . .

American-born Margaret Mansour wants nothing more than to rekindle the struggling twenty-year marriage to her Palestinian husband, Ahmed—but not if it means uprooting their home and children in America and moving halfway across the world.

Young and ambitious Alison Mansour has a degree in Near East Studies, but her American education and Syrian background are of no use when her new marriage begins to crumble under the weight of cultural and religious differences. The communication between Alison and her husband is already shaky; how will they cope with the arrival of their first child?

Zainab Mansour, the matriarch of her family, never expected to live in America, but after the death of her husband she finds herself lost in a faithless country and lonely within the walls of her eldest son’s home. She wants what’s best for her children but struggles to find her place in a new landscape.

Emerging from the interwoven perspectives of these three women comes a story of love and longing, culture and compromise, home and homeland. Exploring the complex political backdrop of the Middle East from a personal perspective, Where Jasmine Blooms travels from the suburbs of Seattle to the villas of Jordan and the refugee camps of the West Bank, on an emotional journey exploring what it means to be a family.

Where Jasmine Blooms

A Novel by Holly S. Warah

$24.99 / Hardcover / April 2017

304 pages / 6 x 9 / ISBN 978-1-62872-749-4



Holly S. Warah has traveled widely throughout the Arab world. She has lived in the region for seventeen years and been married into an Arab family for twenty-eight years. Her short fiction has won a national award, first place in The Writer magazine’s 2011 Short Story Contest, as well as several regional awards, including first place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) Literary Contest and first place in the 2011 Southwest Writers Writing Contest. Holly has a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language and has taught for more than ten years in Seattle and Dubai, where she now lives.


“Steeped in the smells, flavors and customs of the Palestinian culture, Warah gives us a family quietly roiling under modern and time-worn conflicts. We watch as they, sometimes quietly and sometimes with riveting raucous, struggle to reconcile disparate cultures, harrowing politics and the place for individualism. The matriarch carries her anxieties like rattling chains, the western daughter-in-law waffles on whether her mixed marriage home is stifling or supportive, and a newer mixed marriage teeters even as it produces a child. This keenly told story of an immigrant family straddling two continents is a worthy read as we plod through a world grappling with pluralism.”

– Nadia Hashimi, internationally bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell


 You can preorder your copy today from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or from your favorite independent bookstore.

Thank you,


  1. Diana Bakkom
    December 31st, 2016 at 04:10 | #1

    This is so exciting. Can’t wait to get the book. So proud of you honey!!!
    Love and hugs,
    Diana B

  2. Analisa Hall
    December 31st, 2016 at 04:57 | #2


    I’m absolutely thrilled for you, I can’t wait to purchase it and get it autographed! Congratulations my friend all my best to you.


  3. Janice Duncan
    December 31st, 2016 at 11:16 | #3

    Congratulations Holly, I look forward to reading it …well done
    Jan x

  4. Pam Smith
    January 10th, 2017 at 04:30 | #4

    Congratulations! I so enjoyed your riveting short story and look forward to reading more of your work. Enjoyed seeing you on our last visit. Prayers to your success in all endeavors. Love. Pam

  5. Becky Hudak
    April 13th, 2017 at 16:19 | #5

    Holly, yesterday I made your recipe for Kunafe Nabulsia! It turned out wonderfully! I was in Nablus last month with an interfaith group and we had this delicious dessert. Last night the group has dinner together back here in the states, to talk about the impact of our trip. I look forward to reading your book! The Palestinian occupation is beyond heartbreaking and we are trying to share their perspective, not always talked about here.

    • Holly
      April 14th, 2017 at 15:21 | #6

      Dear Becky, thank you so much for your comment. So glad the kunafe recipe turned out. It’s not an easy dessert. And yes, the occupation is heartbreaking with no end in sight. I hope you enjoy my novel. All the best. Holly

  6. April 21st, 2017 at 18:43 | #7

    I just saw this post. Great to read all this!

  7. Sandy Lane
    April 29th, 2017 at 08:28 | #8

    Hi Holly…..Read your book …..I started reading and I truly couldn’t put it down. I usually only read nonfiction….. i.e. autobiographies, biographies, etc. I almost read it as a nonfiction book, because I kept putting you and your family in place of Margaret, and the others. Fascinating. I absolutely loved it! Congratulations on a great book!

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