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My Name Is Salma

(2007)
(The Cry of the Dove)
A novel by

 
In her village of Hima in the Levant, Salma, a young goat-herd, has violated the code of her Bedouin tribe by becoming pregnant before marriage. To restore their honour, the villagers set out to kill her. Now a runaway from the men of her tribe, Salma's days playing the pipe for her goats and swimming in the spring are over. She is placed in prison for her own protection, and to the sound of her deafening screams, her newborn baby is taken away. After several years, when it seems the men have given up on their chase, she moves to England to seek asylum. So begins her new life in the permissive West. In the middle of the most English of English towns, Exeter, she learns good manners from her ancient landlady, and strives to have a social life at the local pub. But it is with the help of Parvin, a feisty Pakistani girl on the run from an arranged marriage, that Salma is finally able to forge a new identity. Living by her 'Immigrant Survival Guide', she settles down with an Englishman. But deep in her heart the cries of her baby daughter still echo. When she can no longer bear them, she decides to go back to her village to find her. It is a journey that will change everything. Fadia Faqir's portrait of the fractured lives of immigrants caught up in a painful yet exhilarating cross-cultural encounter is both heartbreaking and humorous. It is a story that will leave no-one unmoved.

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"Exquisitely woven." - Leila Aboulela


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Hardback Editions

September 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Cry Of The Dove
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 0-00-200834-3 / 978-0-00-200834-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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May 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Name Is Salma
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 0-385-61098-X / 978-0-385-61098-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Name Is Salma
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 0-552-77691-2 / 978-0-552-77691-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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December 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Cry Of The Dove
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 1-55468-014-X / 978-1-55468-014-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Name Is Salma
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 0-552-77362-X / 978-0-552-77362-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Cry of the Dove: A Novel
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 0-8021-7040-4 / 978-0-8021-7040-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
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May 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Name Is Salma
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 0-385-61099-8 / 978-0-385-61099-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

January 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Cry of the Dove
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
ISBN: 1-5113-6439-4 / 978-1-5113-6439-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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July 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Cry of the Dove: A Novel
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Cry of the Dove: A Novel
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Name Is Salma
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Cry of the Dove: A Novel
Author(s): Fadia Faqir
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
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