Welcome to Ask the Author.
I’m Michelle Cohen Corasanti, the author of The Almond Tree, and this area is an opportunity for readers to ask me questions and have a discussion about the book.
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The almond tree is a recurring motif in the book. It bears testimony to the years of struggle of the Hamid family. At times, it has also served as a point of consolation. Why did you choose it to be such a significant part of the novel?
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Isn’t it stereotypical to have a protagonist who is burdened with tragedies throughout the story to ultimately win a nobel prize?
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Ahmed is fascinated by the Western Nora who brings in much stability and progress in his life. In both Ahmed and Nora, one locates a Western saviour complex. Is America seen as the rescuer who will ‘redeem’ the oppressed?
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