Now Available ~ Where Jasmine Blooms

April 18th, 2017

Publishing is a slow-brewing business, and after a long wait, I’m thrilled to announce that my novel is finally available to readers!

Where Jasmine Blooms is the story of an Arab-American family, as told by three women in the family. The novel is set in Seattle, as well as in Amman, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. To read a more detailed write-up of my novel, please see my previous post.

Where to Purchase a Copy

The book is available online at, as well as, and Available in hard copy or kindle.

Alternatively, if you live in the US, you can walk into a Barnes and Noble store, and you might find it on the shelf. If not, you can order the book there (and suggest they carry the book).

Don’t forget your local library. You can request that your library carry the book.

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Thank you to my friends and the various readers who read early drafts of the story. I appreciate your support, encouragement, and feedback. I could not have done it without you.

Finally, I’d like to share a recent review of my book. This one from Booklist:

A novel that handles cross-cultural relationships with remarkable sympathy, weaves in the personal and the political with finesse, and explores the Palestinian question is worthy of applause. Warah also beautifully portrays Palestinian Zainab Mansour and her American daughters-in-law, Margaret and Alison, characters with depth and complexity, and for this she deserves a standing ovation. Warah lays out the challenges generated by religious, cultural, and linguistic barriers as the various players interact in a sweeping tale that takes readers from Seattle to Jordan and Jerusalem. Zainab’s sons, Ahmed and Khalid, form strong foils for the stories of the three women and bring further dimension to Warah’s themes of home and immigrant identity. As we see the Mansour family gathering for tea in diverse places and circumstances, Warah reveals how the most common of daily choices reflects profound questions of faith and self. With great storytelling finesse and compassion, Warah brings readers into lives that may be different from their own, banishing stereotypes, illuminating the universal experiences underlying persistent political clashes, and offering a heart-expanding experience.

— Shoba Viswanathan


  1. Becky Cochran
    April 19th, 2017 at 04:50 | #1

    Holly, I had Tom take my picture as I began reading your book and posted it on my facebook page. I’ve had quite a few likes……I hope they all buy your book too. I’m hooked in the story already. Looking forward to bedtime so I can continue. Wishing you all the best. It seems to me everything you set out to do turns out well. I miss seeing you. Love, Becky

  2. April 21st, 2017 at 18:19 | #2

    I am so excited to be able to read your novel at last! I will make sure my library carries it, and I will buy it at my Barnes and Noble–ordering it through them if they don’t have it already. I’ll do both this week, with great joy. And I look forward to attending a book signing.

    What a wonderful review above. It makes me more excited than ever to read your book! In fact, I’ll buy three books because I’m sure they’ll make great gifts.

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