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About meMICHELLE COHEN CORASANTI has a BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MA from Harvard University, both in Middle Eastern Studies. She also holds a law degree. A Jewish American, she has lived in France, Spain, Egypt, and England, and spent seven years living in Israel. She currently lives in New York with her family. The Almond Tree is her first novel.

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“I predict (The Almond Tree) will become one of the biggest bestsellers of the decade…”
“ …an epic drama of the proportions of The Kite Runner, but set in Palestine. A story that grabs
you from the first page and makes your heart go out to the Palestinians without pointing fingers
at anyone. This novel is not a political lecture, but a gripping and compassionate work of fiction”
“Peace will not result from any political negotiation table, neither in Madrid, nor Oslo. The
miracle is happening thanks to a work of fiction; a novel (The Almond Tree)”
Huffington Post, Spanish TV and Radio Host Guillermo Fesser

“Corasanti's tale of resilience, hope and forgiveness is a must-read both for those who are
stumbling through the Israeli-Palestinian minefield for the first time, and others who know its
sorrows all too well.”
Washington Report on the Middle East

“If you enjoyed The Kite Runner or In the Shadow of the Banyan,
you will want to read The Almond Tree”
Carol Fitzgerald, co-Founder/President of The Book Report Network

“An insightful perspective on the questions of Palestinian exile and survival that haunt the Middle
East…Although only her first novel, this offering promises a bright future for Corasanti .”
World Literature Today Magazine

" …a strong addition to coming of age fiction collections, highly recommended.”
The MidwestBook Review

"…one of the most riveting books I have read… Corasanti takes a realistic premise and builds an
interesting and highly believable story that only gets better as the pages fly by. While "The
Almond Tree" is a fictional tale, much of it is based on the truth of what is today's world, and as
such there is also an important message located within. I highly recommend this book."
- Charline Ratcliff / Rebecca's Reads

“The story is spell-binding with universal appeal and has potential of becoming an international
bestseller and can do for Palestinians what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.”
The Daily Star

“Corasanti’s accomplished debut novel offers a humanistic look into the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict…Sensitive, moving…a complex novel as necessary as ever.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written”
“…exhibits an inherent knowledge of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza.”
“Corasanti's elaboration of history and fiction has created a touching narration which ensnares
the reader from the first chapter.”
Middle East Monitor

“The prose is as evocative as it is powerful…”
The Hindu Business Line

”, a Kite-Runner-like epic of Palestinian life by Michelle Cohen Corasanti, makes you aware of
what it’s like to exist under Israeli rule…told in a manner that strongly resembles the voice and
narrative used by Khaled Hosseini in his popular novel, The Kite Runner.
“A Palestinian Tale Told by a Jewish American.”
“Although possibly difficult for Israelis and Jews everywhere to read, The Almond Tree should
be required reading for all as when there is understanding of the other side, peace can be
The Times of Israel

“The Almond Tree has all the makings of a bestseller or a Hollywood film. It is a rags-to-riches
(in this case tent-dweller to international award-winner) tale with love, suffering, death and
justice thrown into the mix.”
The Electronic Intifada, Selma Dabbagh author of Out of It.

“…a moving and powerful novel based on historical events, which the writer weaves together
harmoniously…It is the type of story that will keep you wondering where reality ends and fiction
Gulf Daily News, Jamal Kanj author of Children of Catastrophe

“Spellbinding account of the dramatic life of a Palestinian prodigy…
Mondoweiss, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh

“…definitely a five-star…the story is powerful and engrossing, definitely recommended.”
The Dubious Disciple (One of the top 10 Christian blogs in US)

“…an engaging novel with an impressive degree of empathy and authenticity. It reads like a
combination of Mornings in Jenin and The Kite Runner. As such, it has the potential to reach
broad audiences with a powerful message of Palestinian humanity…”
Mondoweiss, Pamela Olson author of Fast times in Palestine.

“…brilliant and powerful…a fiction that rings with authenticity and integrity to reveal the
wonder of what it really is to be human. If ever peace is to become a reality between Israel and
Palestine, it will be because of the influence of books such as this…This…book…will endure
and resonate forever in the souls of all who read it…Some books have the power to change us
profoundly; this is one of those books.”
Les Edgerton author of Hooked, The Death of Tarpons, Monday’s Meal, and others

“… profound and finely crafted… This intimate tale of love and loss and awareness shines a
greater understanding of the personal toll of the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict.”
Marcy Dermansky author, Bad Marie

“…a brilliantly written novel..”
“The Almond Tree will stay with me for a long time…the story is so compelling and left me with
so much to ponder regarding the human condition and regarding loss (in all of its forms) and
regarding dignity and redemption.Michelle Cohen Corasanti is masterful with her word-images. I
highly recommend The Almond Tree to everyone.”
Book Diva

“…reads like a treatise on love and peace…”
“It ‘shines light’.”
The Earthen Lamp Journal, Professor Bina Biswa

“… rich in irony, compassion, power, and the sheer beauty of timeless and universal truths. The
Almond Tree is a novel that matters, that reminds us of what makes us all different and, more
importantly, what makes us all the same.”
Professor Mark Spencer author, The Masked Demon, A Haunted Love Story and The Weary

“…her powerful prose and compelling characters raises The Almond Tree to the status of epic”
John Zogby founder, Zogby International and author, The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on
the Transformation, The American Dream:

“The Almond Tree, intelligent, never over stated and written with love, informs and educates”
“The details are so personal, so harrowing, yet so full of hope and triumph over evil, you
desperately want it to be real.”
The International Writers Magazine

“Arguably the most important book of the year”
Dream Crazy Book Reviews

“..Spellbinding… Brilliant.. Mind-blowing… Remarkable…”
Ujval’s Lounge

“Excellent. Heart-breaking. Absolutely amazing. I could not put this down. The author does an
incredible job drawing you in right from the start.”
The Printed Word Book Reviews

“… a fascinating and, for me, eye-opening read which I won’t soon forget.”
Shining Skyline Book Review

“It has been a very long time since a book pulled me in as far as The Almond …did, and an even
longer time since a book has made me cry.”
E-Book Review

“Nothing short of breathtaking… I could not put the book down and I knew I had to finish it.
There was something in those pages that would matter in my life. And it was true.”

“I found myself gasping for air, overwhelmed almost reduced to tears.”

Comments from international editors:

“Let’s make this the next Kite Runner!” Ricciarda Barbieri, Feltrinelli

“Last night I could hardly sleep. I am excited. From the first 50 pages I knew that I wanted to
publish the novel in our Amsterdam imprint. (...) I really loved it, it had me gripped, it made me
cry (more than laugh), it made me think and, in a way, it transformed me, which is what I ask
most of in a book. Yes, yes, yes, we want to publish it!”
Izaskun Arretxe, editor and director, Ara Llibres

“It has been a long time since a book struck me so hard. (…) It is an honest novel. There is no
death or tragedy in it that leaves you indifferent or that comes across as sensationalist. (…) I felt
captured from the first moment by her voice and her style. It is an honest story, exciting, with
touching moments… It addresses a subject which is always present. A novel that shows pain, but
also hope.”
Carol París, foreign fiction editor, Ediciones B

“We have read The Almond Tree, and we simply love it! It’s such a beautiful and strong story –
and it made me cry several times. We will do our best to make sure that this beautiful novel gets
all the readers it deserves.” Inger Marit Hansen, editor, Schibsted Forlag

“THE ALMOND TREE offers that rare combination of emotion and meaningfulness. The very
complex situation in Palestine territories and Israel is dealt with in a very clever way that
provides both humanizing insight and a perspective not often seen.
THE ALMOND TREE is an accessible commercial novel with a literary appeal. The characters
are engaging and believable, and we sympathize deeply with them. The novel's perspective and
the fact that the core of the story is a personal journey (against many odds) makes it enormously
What really got me however –other than the simply gripping storytelling- is that this is a book
which will make us think, it offers themes and points of view you want to discuss, and I can see
reading groups are just waiting for a book like this. (...) To bring such a complex and sensitive
subject down to a pure human story is a great achievement, and - next to the great reading
experience this book provides - I also feel it's message of perseverance, unity and humanity is
important and should be spread. THE ALMOND TREE is part a sad and poignant story that
reflects the inherent absurdity of the situation Ichmad's family is in, and possibly of any family
during war times. But more than that, this is a moving story of family love, hope and the power
of dreams.”
Sander Knol, publisher, Xander Uitgevers

A personal note to you from the editor:“Although it is a very difficult subject, I congratulate you to sustain an objective tone. Your book proposes a possible peace that in fact each people can be brothers and sisters. It gives a hope. Your story kills the hatred. And it is such a fluent story that it is difficult to be out of the story. You easily have sympathy with the characters. And although is a fiction it is more than a fact. Thanks a lot for this masterpiece.” Pegasus Yayinlari



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